Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and defensive back Josh Jackson were named today as first-team all-Big Ten selections, receiving those honors on teams chosen by both conference coaches and a media panel.
A second-team choice the past two seasons, Jewell earned first-team recognition after leading the Big Ten with 125 tackles this season and averaging 11.4 stops per game. The senior from Decorah, Iowa, was selected Monday as the recipient of the Jack Lambert Award, presented to the top linebacker in college football.
Jackson earned his award in his first season as a starter. The junior from Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions and leads the country with 25 passes defended this season. He was named earlier today as the winner of the Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s top collegiate defensive back.
In addition to Jewell and Jackson, Iowa sophomore defensive end Anthony Nelson was awarded third-team all-Big Ten honors by the media. Nelson, an Urbandale, Iowa, native who prepped at Waukee, finished the regular season with 35 tackles. He led Iowa with six sacks and was third on the Iowa team with eight tackles for loss. Nelson received honorable mention from league coaches.
Senior defensive tackle Nathan Bazata and senior outside linebacker Ben Niemann received honorable mention from both conference coaches and the media.
Iowa senior safety Miles Taylor was named as the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten sportsmanship award recipient.
The Big Ten announced only its defense and special teams all-conference teams today. The league plans to announce its offensive all-conference teams on Wednesday and will announce winners of top individual awards on Thursday.