Anyone who is thinking the Iowa State Cyclones are a one-hit wonder in 2020, think again. Following Iowa State’s Fiesta Bowl win over Oregon, the Cyclones got great news about the return of two key players.
Brock Purdy said after the win, “I’m coming back” to Iowa State for the 2021 season. Also, linebacker Mike Rose confirmed he would be returning next fall.
Rose was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 81 tackles, which was third-most in the Big 12 Conference. He also was in the Top 10 in the league with 10.0 tackles for loss on the season, plus 1.5 sacks. Mike Rose’s four interceptions were tied for the most in the conference and were the most of any linebacker in the country.
Meantime, Brock Purdy was named the First-Team All-Big 12 quarterback. He finished the season with 2,594 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while completing 66% of his passes. Purdy also had 343 rushing yards on 78 carries, with four rushing touchdowns.
Brock Purdy has been on NFL Draft boards since before the season, but now that will have to wait until 2022.
But with those two back, Iowa State will return as one of the favorites in the Big 12 Conference, and a re-match with Oklahoma for the conference title looks like a decent bet right now.
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