July 1, 2010
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IOWA CITY, IA – – Former University of Iowa outside linebacker A.J. Edds has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Michael J. Rabold Distinguished Player Award. The award is given annually to a player from the Indiana High School North-South All-Star Game who, in college football, has distinguished himself both on and off the field.
Edds, a native of Greenwood, IN, will be honored at the Grange Insurance Indiana North-South All-Star Classic Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m. The game will be held at North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. Bryan Mattison, a former Hawkeye defensive lineman, received the same honor at the 2008 game.
Edds, a former Greenwood Community High School standout, started the final 39 games of his Hawkeye career. He ranks 43rd in career tackles with 226 stops. As a senior in 2009, Edds ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles and was second with five interceptions.
He earned honorable mention all-American recognition as a senior (College Football Insiders) and was second team all-Big Ten. Additionally, Edds, a team captain, earned the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award and was named academic all-Big Ten for the third time.
Edds was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He was one of six Hawkeyes selected in the draft.