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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff has been named first team All-America by the Associated Press. The Associated Press announced its first, second and third All-America teams Tuesday.
Along with becoming the fourth Hawkeye to win the Outland Trophy, Scherff was previously named first team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation, CBSSports.com, USA Today, Scout.com and College Sports Madness. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) have yet to name their 2014 All-America teams.
Scherff is a 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle who has started all 12 games this season. The native of Denison, Iowa, has started 25 consecutive starts since missing the final five games of the 2012 season because of a major injury. He has 35 career starts.
Scherff helped the Hawkeyes post a 7-5 record this season, including a 4-4 Big Ten Conference mark. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons and will play Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl, Jan. 2 (2:20 p.m., CT, ESPN).
Scherff is the sixth Hawkeye to earn Associated Press first team honors under Kirk Ferentz. Previously named first team were tight end Dallas Clark (2002), offensive lineman Eric Steinbach (2002), kicker Nate Kaeding (2003), offensive lineman Robert Gallery (2003), and running back Shonn Greene (2008).
Scherff was named the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, while earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season. He was also a semifinal candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Scherff was named a Permanent Team Captain and Most Valuable Player at Iowa’s recent awards banquet. He was also the recipient of the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award, the Iron Hawk Award and the Coaches Appreciation Award. He has been a member of Iowa’s Leadership Group the last four years.
Earlier this season Scherff was named a first-team mid-season All-American by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and Phil Steele.
Scherff started all 13 games in 2013 as Iowa posted an 8-5 record. He was named second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) and third-team All-America by both Athlon Sports and Lindy’s. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and was Iowa’s offensive Most Valuable Player.