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Iowa State grateful for Greg Eisworth’s leadership

Former South Grand Prairie DB Greg Eisworth is heading into his final season at Iowa State. Head coach Matt Campbell had nothing but praise for the former four-star recruit and described him as a transformational leader.

“Iowa State Football would not be where it is without Greg’s leadership,” Campbell said.

Since transferring to Iowa State from Trinity Valley CC, Eisworth has been named First Team All-Big 12 for three consecutive seasons and is the only player in school history to do so.

Since moving to Ames, Iowa, Eisworth said he only visits his home state about twice a year. He mentioned after media day that he was going to try and convince Campbell to stop by Whataburger for, if not a meal, at least some of their signature spicy ketchup.

The Cyclones, which will return 19 starters, were picked to finish second in the conference in a preseason media poll after a 2020 season that saw them ranked ninth in the final AP poll after defeating Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

West Virginia: In terms of NIL, a couple West Virginia players were split. Running back Leddie Brown signed with The Sports & Entertainment Group for his NIL representation earlier this month. Defensive lineman Dante Stills, on the other hand, wants to take it slow.

Though on different paths, both agreed along with head coach Neal Brown that NIL is a great opportunity for college athletes.

“I’m trying to take it slow because I feel like a lot of guys are trying to rush and it’s getting them off their game and off the main focus,” Stills said. “Football.”

Brown said he’s started conversations over the last 18 to 24 months about things like taxes and licensing to educate his players.

“It’s a continual process,” Brown said. “I don’t know if anybody knows exactly what it looks like, we’re just trying to navigate it the best we can.”

Kansas State: Kansas State is returning two quarterbacks this upcoming season in fifth-year Skylar Thompson and sophomore Will Howard.

Originally, Thompson didn’t want to take that extra year of eligibility. After being sidelined with a season-ending upper-body injury during the third game of the season, he decided to re-think his position. Through those three games, Thompson tallied 40 completions, 626 passing yards and four touchdowns to go with zero interceptions.

Head coach Chris Klieman said he feels good about the 2021 season and it starts with Thompson’s decision to return. While he was injured, freshman Will Howard stepped in his role and Thompson became more of a mentor. Howard played nine games and passed for 1,178 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Thompson said while he was obviously hurt, emotionally, about his injury, he put his pride aside because he knew Howard needed him in a supporting role.

“The biggest thing for me was being there for him, you know, trying to teach him as much as I could,” Thompson said.

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