Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon have both been named semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, which is given annually to the nation's top player.
OSU is the only school to have two players still in contention for the award.
Weeden, who is also a Heisman candidate, has amassed 3,635 passing yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Blackmon, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, has tallied 93 catches for 1,142 yards and leads the nation with 14 receiving touchdowns.
The five finalists for the award will be named Nov. 30. The winner will be announced Dec. 8.
HEISMAN VOTING BEGINS
Heisman voting officially opened Wednesday after ballots were distributed to the 927 electors on Monday.
Voters will have until 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, to cast their ballot through an online system.
The electorate includes 870 media members, all 56 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote.
Fans can vote for their favorite Heisman candidate at TheHeismanVote.com until Nov. 30.
COWBOY COMMUNITY STILL GETTING USED TO ELITE STATUS
OSU coach Mike Gundy has said repeatedly that he has been impressed with the way the players and coaches have handled the newfound attention and pressure that comes with being the No. 2 team in the BCS standings.
But he has also noticed that many other Cowboy supporters still have not seemed reached that point yet, based on the constant talk he hears at the athletic facility and around Stillwater.
“There is a comfort with the people that it's most important to, which is the team and the coaches,” Gundy said. “But just right on that outside of that shell, I don't know that everybody's really settled in with it yet.”
IOWA STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Much of the reason behind the Cyclones' 2-4 conference record so far this season is because of their struggle on offense.
ISU ranks last in the Big 12 in scoring offense (24 points per game), first downs gained (184) and passing efficiency (105.8).
The Cyclones have recently changed quarterbacks, starting redshirt freshman Jared Barnett the last two games instead of Steele Jantz.
The Cyclones also rank last in the conference in turnover margin (-0.89).
Individually, ISU wide receiver Josh Lenz is ninth in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards (110.1 per game), while linebacker Jake Knott ranks second in the conference with 8.9 tackles per game.