ISU senior Seeley sparkles in final collegiate contest

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Iowa State University linebacker Kane Seeley greets mother Lori on the field at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames Saturday during Senior Day festivities before the Cylcones faced No. 19 West Virginia. Photo courtesy Iowa State University Athletics.

AMES — West Virginia romped to a 49-19 win over host Iowa State Saturday, with the 19th-ranked Mountaineers rushing for nearly 300 yards in the victory. The Cyclones finish 3-9 overall and 2-7 in Big 12 play in head coach Mark Campbell’s first season.

Senior linebacker Kane Seeley led the Iowa State defense with 11 tackles, his fourth double-digit tackle total of the season and fifth of his career.


Seeley and the other Cyclone seniors were honored on the field before the game, as each was introduced along with their parents. The son of Scott and Lori of Perry, Kane finished the season tied with Willie Harvey for most tackles with 78.

Seeley finished the 2016 campaign with 42 solo and 36 assisted tackles while making seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 17 yards. His two sacks resulted in a loss of 10 yards, and his safety against Kansas State was the first safety tallied by the ISU defense since 2006.

The 6-2, 235-pound middle linebacker had two quarterback hurries, one pass break-up, one interception and, on Saturday, returned a kickoff for seven yards.

Seeley was a four-time Big 12 All-Academic selection, was named the ISU football representative on the 2016 Iowa Farm Strong team, was a national semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy (often referred to as the ‘Academic Heisman’) and, along with placekicker Cole Netten, became the only Cyclone senior to appear in each of the 48 games of their career.

 

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