Joel Lanning, Iowa State’s beloved linebacker and part time quarterback, has been named a first team All-American by the Football Writer’s Association of America.
Also on the first team are Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown, and Mark Andrews. From Oklahoma State, James Washington. The Texas Longhorns landed punter Michael Dickson and defensive back DeShon Elliott on the list.
It’s a massive honor for Lanning specifically, his absence from most other All-American lists has been noticed by fans and media alike. This is Lanning’s only first team nod. Every other player from the Big 12 honored on the FWAA’s first team has landed on other first team lists.
Lanning made headlines last offseason though his position switch, from quarterback to linebacker. It’s a change that not many can make in a single offseason. Lanning made the switch and almost immediately began contributing in a huge way to Iowa State’s ridiculously successful 2017 season. He also played some quarterback along the way, too. His efforts were nothing short of inspirational, and it’s nice to see him honored here.
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