June 11, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Five members of the University of Iowa football team have been named to Athlon Sports’ preseason All-Big Ten Football teams released Thursday.
Senior defensive end Drew Ott was named to the second team; senior center Austin Blythe and senior guard Jordan Walsh were chosen to the third unit; and sophomore cornerback Desmond King and senior safety Jordan Lomax earned fourth team honors.
Ott (6-foot-4, 272 pounds), who garnered second-team preseason All-Big Ten recognition by Phil Steele, led the Hawkeyes in sacks last season (7.5) and tied for sixth most in the Big Ten. The Trumbull, Nebraska, native was named Big Ten Conference Defensive player of the Week, while also being named honorable mention CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week, after his performance in Iowa’s win over Ball State. Following the 2014 campaign, Ott was named second team All-Big Ten by league media, third team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness, and All-Big Ten honorable mention by league coaches.
Blythe (6-3, 290), recognized as a second team preseason All-Big Ten honoree by Phil Steele, started 13 games in 2014, including six games at center, one game at right guard, and six games at left guard. Following the season, Blythe was named second team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness. Blythe is also on the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.
Walsh (6-4, 290) saw action in 12 games, with 10 starts at right guard in 2014. After redshirting in 2011, the Glendale Heights, Illinois, native alternated at left and right guard in 2012, appearing in seven games, before starting all 13 games at right guard in 2013.
King (5-11, 200), who was also named third-team preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele, started all 13 games in 2014, recording 64 tackles, including 42 solo and 22 assists. King, A native of Detroit, Michigan, also tied for the team lead and ninth in the Big Ten with three interceptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. Following Iowa’s 2014 campaign, King was tabbed All-Big Ten honorable mention by league media.
Lomax (5-10, 205), who was also recognized on Steele’s preseason All-Big Ten fourth team, was tabbed All-Big Ten honorable mention by league coaches in 2014. He recorded 92 tackles, including 44 solo and 48 assisted stops. As a junior, Lomax led the team with six pass break-ups, while recording one interception and forcing one fumble. The Upper Marlboro, Maryland, native was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team last season and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year. Lomax is also on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List.
The Hawkeyes open the 2015 season Sept. 5, hosting Illinois State in Kinnick Stadium.