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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff has earned unanimous Consensus All-America honors.
Since 2009, the NCAA has recognized the All-America teams selected by the Associated Press (AP); Football Writers Association (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF) and Sporting News to determine consensus All-Americans. Scherff was named to the first All-America team by each of the five organizations.
In addition to the five outlets used in forming the consensus All-America team, Scherff has been named first team All-America by SI.com, CBSSports.com, USA Today, Scout.com, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness. He earned the 2014 Outland Trophy and was named the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference. Scherff earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, and was also a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Scherff is the fourth Hawkeye to win the Outland Trophy. He is the sixth Hawkeye under Kirk Ferentz to be recognized with an individual national award and the second Outland Trophy winner (Robert Gallery, 2003).
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 is the 22nd Hawkeye football player to earn consensus All-America recognition, including the seventh to play under Ferentz. The previous players, under Ferentz, include Gallery (2003), tight end Dallas Clark (2002), offensive lineman Eric Steinbach (2002), kicker Nate Kaeding (2003), running back Shonn Greene (2008), and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (2010).
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.
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.
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).