Breece Hall named ESPN All-American

Nov 21, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) outruns Kansas State senior Defensive Back Jahron McPherson (31) during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

The first of what figures to be many national postseason honors for Iowa State running back Breece Hall has arrived.

The Wichita, Kan. native was named an All-American by ESPN on Tuesday, capping a sophomore season that saw Hall lead Iowa State to an 8-1 Big 12 regular season record and the program’s first appearance in the Big 12 championship game.

Hall, the Big 12’s offensive player of the year, recorded an FBS high 1,436 rushing yards plus 19 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns. His rushing yards total is the fourth-best in a single-season at Iowa State while his rushing touchdowns mark is tied for second-best and his 21 total touchdowns ties the school record set by Troy Davis in 1996.

Through only two years of his college career, Hall already sits at No. 12 on Iowa State’s all-time career rushing chart with 2,333 yards, is tied for fourth with 31 career touchdowns and is tied for fifth with 28 rushing touchdowns.

Hall will likely be named a finalist for at least one national award set to be announced later in the day on Tuesday. He is a semifinalist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards.

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