Iowa State standout Joel Lanning has been among the nation’s most versatile talents this season and he’s being recognized as such.
On Thursday, the Cyclones senior was named as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually the the most versatile player in college football who impacts the game at numerous positions.
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Along with Lanning, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Washington’s Dante Pettis and NC State’s Nyheim Hines are finalists for the Paul Hornung Award.
A quarterback-turned-linebacker, after spending his first four years in Ames on offense, Lanning switched to Mike linebacker prior to the season. He’s since thrived in that role, as he currently ranks No. 9 nationally with 10.4 tackles per game behind a team-high four double-digit tackle efforts. Lanning recorded a career-best 20 tackles against Texas, which ranks fourth among all FBS players this season. Lanning has also recorded 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery this season.
Flip the field and Lanning has played a bit of quarterback this season, as well, completing 2 of 3 passes for 25 yards and rushing 23 times for 77 yards, in addition to duties on special teams.
“The kid (Lanning) has played over 700 snaps of football. That’s unheard of,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. “He’s as great of a competitor and warrior I have ever been around in this sport. You can’t put into words what Joel has done for this football program. It’s tough to walk on Sundays for Joel Lanning when you consider all the things he is doing for us.”
Through nine games, Lanning has played 713 total snaps (590 on defense, 93 on special teams, 30 on offense).
The winner of the Paul Hornung Award will be announced on Dec. 6.
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