University of Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell was named to the Preseason First Team All-America Team, the Associated Press announced today.
Jewell (6-foot-2, 236-pounds), a native of Decorah, Iowa, started all 13 games at middle linebacker in 2016, leading the team with 124 tackles — the second most in the Big Ten. Jewell was a team captain in each of the past two seasons and was named Iowa’s Most Valuable Player on defense in 2016. Jewell was named to five preseason award watch lists, including the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and Wuerffel Trophy. In addition, Jewell was named preseason first team All-American, first team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness, a Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch and Sports Illustrated.
The Associated Press preseason All-America team, chosen by the votes of 51 members of the AP Top 25 media panel, and released Tuesday:
Quarterback — Sam Darnold, sophomore, Southern California
Running backs — Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State; Derrius Guice, junior, LSU.
Tackles — Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Connor Williams, junior, Texas.
Guards — Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Cody O’Connell, senior, Washington State.
Center — Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.
Tight end — Mike Gesicki, junior, Penn State.
Wide receivers — James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Christian Kirk, junior, Texas A&M.
All-purpose player — Quadree Henderson, junior, Pittsburgh.
Kicker — Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.
Ends — Harold Landry, senior, Boston College; Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State.
Tackles — Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Dexter Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.
Linebackers — Arden Key, junior, LSU; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; Azeem Victor, senior, Washington.
Cornerbacks — Tavarus McFadden, junior, Florida State; Jaire Alexander, junior, Louisville.
Safeties — Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama.
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, junior, Utah.
Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.
Running backs — Nick Chubb, senior, Georgia; Bo Scarbrough, junior, Alabama.
Tackles — Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.
Guards — Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.
Center — Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.
Tight end — Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.
Wide receivers — Calvin Ridley, junior, Alabama; Courtland Sutton, junior, SMU.
All-purpose player — Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.
Kicker — Eddy Pineiro, sophomore, Florida.
Ends — Tyquan Lewis, senior, Ohio State; Rashan Gary, sophomore, Michigan.
Tackles — Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson; Vita Vea, junior, Washington.
Linebackers — Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tegray Scales, senior, Indiana; Cameron Smith, junior, Southern California.
Cornerbacks — Duke Dawson, senior, Florida; Iman Marshall, junior, Southern California.
Safeties — Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia; Godwin Igewbuike, senior, Northwestern.
Punter — JK Scott, senior, Alabama.