Jack Campbell, Tory Taylor Named First-Team All-America by FWAA

It’s that time of year when the big ships get accolades and plenty of Iowa players earn awards. Iowa quarterback Jack Campbell and punter Tory Taylor were named first-team All-Americans this weekend by the Football Writers Association of America.

“He’s a huge leader on our defense,” Iowa linebacker Kaevon Merriweather said of Campbell. “Just his words of encouragement to the team to keep fighting, no matter what the situation is, no matter what plays they make, what they don’t do or what mistakes we make, just keep fighting and keep going.” to push”.

Below is the full press release.

University of Iowa senior linebacker Jack Campbell and junior player Tory Taylor Named first team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America. The FWAA All-American selections were announced Friday morning.

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Earlier this week, Campbell received the William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation and was honored with the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback.

Campbell was also recognized as the Nagurski-Wooden Defensive Player of the Year and the Butkus-Fitzgerald Defensive Player of the Year, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season. He was named a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi Awards.

Campbell (6-foot-5, 246 pounds) has been the leader of Iowa’s defense all season. He totaled 118 tackles, which ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 13th nationally. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native also recorded two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble along with 3.5 tackles for loss. He has 295 career tackles, tied for 19th in program history.

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A native of Melbourne, Australia, Taylor was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference media and third-team by the Big Ten coaches. Taylor handled all punting duties all season, averaging 45.1 yards on 74 carries and a long of 70 yards. Taylor scored 32 points on 20 shooting and just 11 rebounds. He has 22 carries of 50 or more, while opponents are averaging just 3.7 yards per 18 carries.

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Taylor was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after wins over South Dakota State and Rutgers. Over three seasons, Taylor averaged 45.3 yards and 194 punts, including 89 of those 20 carries (45.8 percent) and 58 of 50 or more.

December 31 Iowa (7-5, 5-4) will take on Kentucky in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl (11 a.m. CT, ESPN) in Nashville, Tenn. The Hawkeyes received their 20th invitation in the past 24 seasons under Moon Family head football coach Kirk Ferentz.

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