May 11, 2010
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IOWA CITY – Members of the 2010 Iowa football team and a standout from last year’s team have been honored in recent pre-season announcements.
Former outside linebacker A.J. Edds has been named to the 2010 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. The honors group is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 620 players from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society’s fourth year, an 80 percent increase from the inaugural class in 2007.
Edds was a 6-4, 244-pounder from Greenwood, IN. He was drafted in the fourth round of the most recent NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. He was a three-time member of the Big Ten’s all-academic unit.
The 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List has been released and Hawkeye senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn is on the list. He is a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, Mo. Clayborn, an all-America candidate, was named Defensive MVP of the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl and was a first-team all-Big Ten choice last year. He has 140 career tackles for the Hawkeyes. He has started 17 straight games. He is also listed by Sporting News as one of the 10 Most Exciting 2010 Defensive Players in college football.
NationalChamps.net has released its annual pre-season all-America team and defensive back Tyler Sash has been named to the first unit. Clayborn made the second team and defensive back Brett Greenwood was an honorable mention pick. Sash has also been named to the Ronnie Lott Trophy Watch List. Lindy’s, a sports magazine, has also listed both Clayborn and Sash on its pre-season all-America team.
Sash, a 6-1, 210-pound junior from Oskaloosa, IA was a third-team all-American and first-team all-Big Ten performer last season. A semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Year Award last season, he has started 24 games for Iowa. He has 11 career pass interceptions and an Iowa record 350 return yards for those interceptions.