Greg Eisworth lands on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. 

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior defensive back Greg Eisworth was named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list, announced today by the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.

The award is given annually to the nation’s best defensive back since 1986.

Eisworth, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, had and outstanding debut season for the Cyclones in 2018, earning Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year accolades and First-Team All-Big 12 recognition.

Eisworth started 12 games and led the Cyclones in tackles per game (7.2) to rank eighth in the Big 12.

He led the team in tackles in five of 12 games played and registered 4.0 TFL, an interception and two forced fumbles.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.