Jared Clauss to Serve as Honorary Captain


IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former University of Iowa defensive tackle Jared Clauss will serve as honorary captain Saturday when Iowa hosts Purdue on Senior Day at Kinnick Stadium (2:40 p.m. CT, BTN). 

Clauss, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley), was a four-year letterman for the Hawkeyes from 2000-03. He started 26 games, including all 13 games during the 2002 Big Ten championship season.  He helped the Hawkeyes post a 21-5 record his final two seasons, including a 13-3 Big Ten record that included a perfect 8-0 mark in 2002.

Clauss excelled on the field and in the classroom.  He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior, and was also the recipient of the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award following his final season.  Clauss earned Academic All-Big Ten honors four straight years, and All-District Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior.

Clauss had his most productive season as a junior when the Hawkeyes shared the Big Ten title and played in the 2003 Orange Bowl.  He recorded 59 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.  His career totals include 133 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and nine sacks.

Clauss was invited to the East-West Shrine game following his senior year and was a seventh-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2004 NFL Draft.  Clauss played for the Titans from 2004-06.

Clauss will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss.  He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.