Burton named Newcomer of the Week

Iowa State redshirt junior Deonte Burton earned his second consecutive Big 12 men’s basketball Newcomer of the Week honor after averaging 18 points and shooting 72.2 percent from the field in the Cyclones’ two games last week.

Burton scored 19 points against Oklahoma just three days after tallying 17 points against Coppin State. He has increased his scoring total in every game since becoming eligible. Burton hit 13-of-18 field-goal attempts last week, including 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from 3-point range.

Against the Sooners, his 19 points came in 20 minutes of action. Burton also tallied 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals for the week. He is averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and shooting 67.7 percent from the field on the season.

Rhine is MVC’s weekly newcomer

ST. LOUIS – Drake freshman Sara Rhine was named the Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball Newcomer of the Week for the first time in her career, the league office announced Monday.

Rhine had an impressive debut in her first MVC games, averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds this past weekend. She recorded her second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes in the big win over Evansville. Against Southern Illinois, the forward finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with pulling down four rebounds and snagging two steals.

Rhine is averaging 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in her first season as a Bulldog. Her scoring and rebounding averages rank 18th and ninth, respectively, in the conference.

Manning honored by FootballScoop

AMES – Iowa State incoming offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tom Manning was named the 2015 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.

Manning, who joined the Cyclone football staff in December, was given the award for his efforts directing Toledo’s offensive line in 2015.

The Rockets lost all five of their starters on the line heading into the 2015 campaign but Manning molded a new crop of linemen into one of the nation’s best units, helping Toledo achieve a 10-2 record and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Toledo led the Mid-American Conference in rushing yards per game (208) and yards per carry (5.07) in 2015. The Rocket line surrendered just four sacks all season, ranking second in the nation.

Manning will begin his first season as an offensive coordinator in 2016 after being appointed to the position by Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell on Dec. 15.

“Tom was such a major reason we were successful at Toledo,” Campbell said. “He understands our offense. He’s been a guy that has called plays and been an important piece of our offensive strategy.”