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What can't Joel Lanning do? His Iowa State teammates deliberate

Iowa State's Joel Lanning became a national story when he played on offense, defense and special teams in Iowa State's win over Oklahoma last Saturday. (Iowa State Athletics photo)
Iowa State's Joel Lanning became a national story when he played on offense, defense and special teams in Iowa State's win over Oklahoma last Saturday. (Iowa State Athletics photo)

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.

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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