Eisworth named to Bednarik Award watch list

Oct 27, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Ja’Deion High (88) is tackled by Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Greg Eisworth (12) at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 40-31. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State senior safety Greg Eisworth is on the radar to be one of the nation’s top defenders during the 2020 college football season, assuming it takes place.

The two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection was included on the Bednarik Award watch list released on Monday. The Bednarik is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

Eisworth recorded 65 tackles, 37 of them solo stops, plus 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception during his injury-plagued junior season in 2019. That came one season after he recorded 87 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and one interception as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, which earned him Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year in his first season in Ames after stops at Ole Miss and Trinity Valley Community College.

The Grand Prairie, Texas native is essentially a lock to be named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, which will be released on Wednesday.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.