Junior Iowa State running back and Wichita Northwest alumnus Breece Hall was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and became the first Cyclone to be unanimously named to the Associated Press All-American First team.
The nation’s leading rusher in 2020, Hall ended his stellar 2021 season with 1,472 rushing yards, the sixth-best in Divison 1. He finished the regular season top 10 in the Heisman Trophy race and extended his record to 24 consecutive games rushing for a touchdown, breaking the previous record of former Arkansas running back Bill Burnett, who rushed for a touchdown in 23 consecutive games between 1968-1970.
Going into this season, Hall told The Community Voce that this season was the most important of his career, and earning a spot on an NFL roster would mean the world to his role model and mother, Wichita native LaRhonda McDaniel.
“Growing up, being in a single-parent household,” Hall began. “Just seeing her work ethic when I at a young age, spoiling us, and never saying no whenever we needed something. I want to give back to her, for everything she did for me.”
McDaniel said she attends every game, home and away. “I couldn’t be prouder of Breece,” she said.
Hall’s ability to produce points was on display again in 2021. He matched his school-record total in scoring (138) and total touchdowns (23) this season. He is Iowa State’s all-time career leader in scoring (336), touchdowns (56), and rushing touchdowns (50), ranking fourth in Big 12 history in total touchdowns.
“I’m not the biggest, but I’m big enough,” said Hall, who checks in at 6-foot, 215 pounds. “I’m not the strongest, but I’m still strong. I’m not the fastest, but I still have homerun speed. I do a little bit of everything. I can run routes, catch the ball, get the hard yards, make people miss — so, I try to do a little bit of everything, “said Hall.
The two-time Doak Walker award finalist said he most patterns his game after New Orleans Saints superstar running back Alvin Kamara.
“We’re almost the same in stature,” he said. “Just watching how he does everything. (Kamara) and Christian McCaffery, I really like them both, because they do everything. They play receiver, they play running back — they catch, pass-block, they do everything.”
Hall was also a first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, the National Football Writers Association of America, and the American Football Coaches Association.
Hall will likely play in his last game as a member of the Cyclone football team (7-5), having an invitation to play in the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and will face No. 19 Clemson (9-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 4:45 p.m. CT at Camping World Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game.