Iowa State defensive end Cory Morrissey and placekicker Cole Netten won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week awards respectively.
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Here’s the reasons why they handed the awards to the local Iowa products from the Big 12’s official athletic website.
"Cory Morrissey tallied career-highs in tackles (7), TFL (3.0) and sacks (2.0) in Iowa State’s 20-17 win at Iowa. His two sacks came in the first half to help halt Hawkeye drives as he now has a team-high 3.5 on the season. Morrissey produced his numbers going head-to-head with Iowa All-American offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.Cole Netten made both of his field goal attempts in the 20-17 win over Iowa, including the game-winning 42-yarder with 0:02 seconds left on the clock. He also had a career-best 47-yarder in the first half. Entering the game, Netten was 3-of-7 on field goals of 40 yards or longer and his career high was from 41 yards."
These were the first awards for both Morrissey and Netten and the second and third awards given to Iowa State this season. The winner was West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, who had an incredible 37-of-49 for 511 yards in a 40-37 victory over Maryland.
The injury to Scherff visibly hobbled him later in the game, but that doesn’t discount what Morrissey did on the field. He doesn’t like it when people talk negatively about Iowa State’s defense, and he backed up his words with his incredible performance in the Cy-Hawk rivalry. Of course, Netten has become the newest field goal kicking hero.