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McDonald, Hall named Freshman All-American candidates by FWAA

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – A pair of Iowa State rookie football players have been named as preseason candidates for Freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in linebacker Will McDonald and running back Breece Hall.

McDonald, a native of Pewaukee, Wis., is a redshirt freshman who played in four games in 2018. McDonald was credited with a sack and a forced fumble which led to a turnover vs. TCU and was the Defensive Scout Team Player of the year last year.

McDonald played defensive end last season and was moved to linebacker prior to spring drills. He is slated to be a strong contributor at that position in 2019.

A three-sport all-stater in high school, McDonald was first-team all-state in both football and basketball. He also was the Division I state track & field discus champion and was third in the high jump.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Hall was one of the top running back recruits in the Class of 2019. He was rated as the No. 7 running back and the No. 135 player overall by 247Sports.

Hall, who was a two-time first-team all-state selection, played in the 2019 All-American Bowl and rushed for over 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons in high school. He ended his brilliant prep career with 4,516 yards and 64 touchdowns.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.