Mike Rose named to Butkus Watch List

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletics:

CHICAGO – Iowa State junior linebacker Mike Rose is a member of the Butkus Award Watch List, announced today by the Butkus Foundation.

The Butkus Award is given annually to the nation’s best linebacker.

Rose, who has started all 26 games in his career, was named honorable mention All-Big 12 for the second-straight season in 2019, racking up 77 tackles and leading the team in TFL with 9.5 to rank in the top-20 in the Big 12 in both categories.

Rose also had 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and one interception in 2019.

The Brecksville, Ohio, native enters his junior season with 152 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception in his career.


Connor Ferguson


Connor will be covering women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic during the 2018-19 season. He is currently a junior enrolled at Iowa State and is studying journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. Connor also covers a variety of sports around the state of Iowa, including Indoor football and motorsports for Last Word on Sports. He also appears on-air four times a week covering high school football for 1460 KXnO, college football for his own podcast, and professional sports for 88.5 KURE – Iowa State’s student radio station.

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