Joel Lanning has received plenty of praise throughout the past 20 hours or so, and for good reason.
The quarterback-turned-linebacker resorted back to his old ways on Saturday against Oklahoma with starting quarterback Jacob Park unavailable, and aided backup Kyle Kempt as the two totaled upwards of 400 yards of offense in the Cyclones shocking 38-31 upset victory over the No. 3 Sooners.
When the field was flipped and Baker Mayfield was behind center, Lanning remained at linebacker, where he thrived en route to 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and 1 fumble recovery.
As a result, the two-way senior standout earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sunday.
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) October 8, 2017
In addition to his defensive efforts, Lanning completed 2 of 3 passes for 25 yards and rushed for 35 yards on 9 attempts. While it was his defensive effort that earned him the Walter Camp weekly award, Lanning’s ability as a rushing threat in short yardage situation proved essential for the Iowa State offense down the stretch.
Lanning now becomes the first Big 12 player to be represented with the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. Furthermore, Lanning is just the fourth Cyclone to be named a Walter Camp National Player of the Week since 2004 and the first since Jordan Lewis accomplished the feat in 2015.
Lanning and the Cyclones will get back in action on Saturday for a Big 12 matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks. Iowa State is 3-2 on the season.
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