Iowa linebacker James Morris was named Monday as the Big Ten defensive player of the week, the second time in the Hawkeyes’ last four games that the senior from Solon, Iowa, has won the award.

Morris recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, had recovered a fumble Saturday in Iowa’s 17-10 overtime victory over Northwestern.

The only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision so far this season to have three sacks, intercept three passes and have 50 tackles, Morris was also named the Big Ten defensive player of the week following Iowa’s win at Minnesota.

He currently is second on the team with 64 tackles on the season and leads Iowa with four sacks. Morris shares the team lead with 7.5 tackles for a loss and three interceptions. He has also broken up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered his first fumble of the season in the win over the Wildcats.

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