IRVING, Texas- For the second year in a row, Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell was honored for his coaching efforts by earning 2018 Big 12 Conference Co-Coach of the Year accolades, selected by the league’s coaches and announced today by the conference office.
Campbell, who shared the award with Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, was the 2017 Big 12 Coach of the Year. He’s won or shared the conference coach of the year award in three of his last four seasons (Campbell was the 2015 MAC Coach of the Year at Toledo).
Picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, Campbell and his Cyclones proved that last season wasn’t a fluke, compiling a 7-4 overall record and tying for third in the Big 12 at 6-3, the best conference finish in 40 years.
ISU’s six conference victories is the most in a season by a Cyclone team in school history.
Iowa State, bowl eligible for the second-straight season, appeared in all five College Football Playoff rankings. The Cyclones are currently No. 23 in the CFP and No. 24 in the Associated Press poll, the latest the Cyclones have been ranked in a season since 1976.
A season where the Cyclones had their season-opener cancelled, lost their starting quarterback in the first game and opened the year at 1-3, Campbell rallied his team to wins in six of their last seven contests.
Campbell notched two victories over ranked opponents (Oklahoma State, West Virginia) to improve his two-year record against rated foes to 5-3. West Virginia was ranked No. 6 nationally at the time, giving Campbell three victories over top-six opponents in the last two seasons.
Iowa State also rattled off five-straight league victories in a season for the first time in school history and is currently 5-1 in games played in Jack Trice Stadium, tying for the second-most season wins since the stadium was built in 1975.
Campbell has a 53-33 record in seven seasons as a head coach.
The Cyclones will play host to Drake on Saturday and will find out their bowl destination on Sunday.
Iowa State Conference Coach of the Year Winners
1971- Johnny Majors (Big Eight)
1976- Earle Bruce (Big Eight)
1977- Earle Bruce (Big Eight)
2004- Dan McCarney (Big 12)
2017- Matt Campbell (Big 12)
2018- Matt Campbell (Big 12)
IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 football coaches selected their All-Big 12 teams this afternoon, and 17 Cyclones were awarded postseason honors for their exploits on the gridiron in 2018.
Sophomore Greg Eisworth (S) was named First-Team All-Big 12, while junior David Montgomery (RB), junior Hakeem Butler (WR), freshman Charlie Kolar (TE), sophomore Kene Nwangwu (KR), junior JaQuan Bailey (DE), junior Ray Lima (DT) and senior Brian Peavy (CB) were named to the second team.
Senior Spencer Benton (DE), senior Willie Harvey (LB), junior Josh Knipfel (OL), junior Julian Good-Jones (OL), junior Bryce Meeker (OL), freshman Brock Purdy (QB), freshman Mike Rose (LB), senior Sam Seonbuchner (FB) and junior Marcel Spears (LB) were honorable mention selections.
A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Eisworth was also named the Big 12’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year, leading the Cyclones and ranking seventh in the league in tackles at 7.6. He also has 4.0 TFL, one interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles, tying for the team lead.
Eisworth has led the team in tackles in five of 11 games this season, including a career-high 14 vs. Oklahoma.
Montgomery, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who earned first-team accolades in 2017, is having another banner year for the Cyclones, ranking fourth in the league and 30th nationally in rushing at 94.7 yards per game.
Montgomery, who also leads the team in touchdowns with 10, is just 53 yards shy of becoming only the eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons. He’s posted five 100-yard rushing games this year, including a career-high 189 vs. West Virginia.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Butler is recording the finest season by a Cyclone receiver in school history, leading the team in receiving yards (1,059), receptions (47) and touchdown catches (9). He needs 15 receiving yards to become ISU’s single-season leader and one touchdown catch to tie the school mark.
Butler ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.5) and is third nationally in receptions of 40 yards or longer (10).
Kolar, who hails from Norman, Okla., gave the Cyclones a threat at tight end in 2018, tallying 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns, tying for third on ISU’s rookie record book.
Nwangwu, a native of Frisco, Texas, is one of the best kickoff returners in the nation, leading the Big 12 and ranking eighth nationally in KR return average at 27.4. His career 26.7 average is the best in school history.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Bailey led the Cyclones and ranked in the top-10 in the Big 12 in both sacks (6.0) and TFL (11.5). He also has recorded 34 tackles to lead all down linemen.
Bailey’s 16.5 career sacks at Iowa State ties for third in school history.
Lima, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the top run-stoppers in the Big 12, helping the Cyclones lead the league in scoring defense (22.4) and rushing defense (128.1).
Lima has 32 tackles and 3.5 TFL on the season.
A native of Houston, Texas, Peavy is finishing his stellar Cyclone career by earning some sort off All-Big 12 recognition in all four seasons (2015, HM; 2016, HM; 2017, 2nd; 2018, 2nd).
Peavy graded out as one of the top cornerbacks nationally in 2018, registering 46 tackles, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He is ISU’s active career leader in starts (45), interceptions (5), forced fumbles (5) and passes defended (43), a total which ranks second among active NCAA FBS players.2018 All-Big 12 Release