IOWA CITY, Iowa – Josey Jewell's much-anticipated senior season started on a high note from a team and from an individual standpoint.
Jewell was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa's 24-3 win over Wyoming Saturday in Kinnick Stadium. Jewell was named the national Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 236-pounds Decorah nativeled Iowa with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops. His totals included two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one pass break-up. His QB pressure late in the game led to Iowa's second interception. The sacks and tackles for loss match career bests.
Jewell's effort led an Iowa defense that allowed just three points to Wyoming, as the Cowboy offense totaled just 233 yards total offense and converted just six-of-20 third and fourth down conversion attempts.
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, he was named preseason first team All-American by the Associated Press, Athlon SportsCollege Sports Madness, and Sports Illustrated. He was also named as a Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch.
The Big Ten honor is the first for Jewell in his career. Last season seven different Hawkeyes earned Big Ten Player of the Week recognition.
The Hawkeyes (1-0) travel to Iowa State (1-0) Saturday (11:01 a.m., ESPN2) for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game. Iowa returns home to host North Texas on Saturday, Sept. 16 (2:30 p.m., ESPN2).