AMES — Iowa State middle linebacker Joel Lanning has become a national story after playing in three phases of Saturday’s Big 12 football win at then-No. 3 Oklahoma.
The Cyclone senior mainly split time between linebacker and quarterback, but also played on special teams.
Lanning finished the game with eight tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery on defense. On offense, he completed 2 of 3 passes for 25 yards and rushed nine times for 35 yards.
Twitter has had fun this week photoshopping Lanning’s head onto the superhero Iron Man to create #IronLan, and the ISU Police Department said upon his return to Ames, Lanning also will be the chief of police.
Here you go, Iowa State fans. pic.twitter.com/lX3N07OTG9
— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) October 9, 2017
This just in: Joel Lanning to also play Chief of Police upon return to Ames.
— Ames Police (@AmesPolice) October 7, 2017
During Tuesday’s media availability, five players were asked, “What can’t Joel Lanning do?”
Here is what they said:
Offensive lineman Jake Campos — “Joel can do anything. Special teams, offense, defense. He handles everything pretty well and there’s nothing he won’t say no to.”
Off the field?
“Maybe Algebra, I don’t know — something.”
This was refuted by Lanning. Lanning said he actually was pretty good at math.
Defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya — “I don’t know. He had 20 tackles, had five touchdowns in one game, he had a pick. I don’t know what he can’t do. You name it, he can do it all.”
Wide receiver Allen Lazard — “He can’t sing, he can’t fly and he can’t turn water into wine, but other than that, that’s about it.”
Quarterback Kyle Kempt — “He can’t do my homework, I can probably say that (Kempt is a computer science major). That guy’s phenomenal, though. He embodies everything you want in a program, everything you want in a captain, too.”
Running back David Montgomery — “Nope. Nope, not at all – I’ve seen him do it all. I’ve seen him pitch a baseball, he can hit a ball, he can hit a ball and go catch the ball. He can throw a football and run under the football. Joel Lanning is my Heisman. I don’t know, he’s just a freak. He’s a creature.”
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