Purdy named to Davey O’Brien Award watch list

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) scores a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy is one of the greatest signal-callers in school history and the senior today was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s best quarterback.

Purdy is one of three players listed as a two-time semifinalist for the award.

Purdy has set virtually every passing record in Iowa State history in his first three years as a starter. He’s a three-time All-Big 12 recipient, including first team accolades in 2020.

The Gilbert, Ariz., native had another fantastic campaign in 2020, throwing for 2,750 yards and 19 touchdowns, both totals ranking in ISU’s season top-five record lists. He also set a school record in completion percentage at 66.6 percent.

Purdy owns or shares 25 school records in his tremendous career, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is his impact on winning.

He led the Cyclones to their first-ever New Year’s Six bowl in a 34-17 victory over Oregon at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, a game where he earned Offensive MVP honors.

He has the most QB wins in Iowa State history (23) and is 19-7 vs. Big 12 competition in the regular season. Purdy has a victory over every team in the Big 12 and is 12-1 as the starting quarterback vs. Big 12 teams in Jack Trice Stadium.


Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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