Iowa's Josey Jewell earns Jack Lambert Award

Akrum Wadley is Big Ten offensive player of week

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell walks to the locker room before Friday’s Big Ten Conference football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Jewell was named winner of the Jack Lambert Award on Monday, an honor that goes to the nation’s best linebacker. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell walks to the locker room before Friday’s Big Ten Conference football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Jewell was named winner of the Jack Lambert Award on Monday, an honor that goes to the nation’s best linebacker. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior Josey Jewell won the 2017 Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s top linebacker in the nation, the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced Monday.

The Jack Lambert Award, first presented in 1991, is named in honor of the former Pittsburgh Steeler, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl champion.

The award will be presented Feb. 17 in Columbus.

Jewell, a former Decorah prep standout, leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 125 total tackles (11.4 per game). He is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He is a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, as well as the Bednarik and Butkus awards.

Jewell is the third Iowa football player to have three seasons with at least 115 tackles, joining Larry Station (1983, ’84, ’85) and Abdul Hodge (2003, ’04, ’05). He has led the team in tackles in each of the last two seasons and has 426 career tackles, fifth all-time in program history.

The Hawkeyes (7-5, 4-5) are bowl eligible for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons. Iowa’s bowl destination and opponent will be announced on Sunday.

WADLEY HONORED

Iowa senior running back Akrum Wadley was named Big Ten Conference co-offensive player of the week and the Big Ten offensive player of the week by College Sports Madness.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Wadley rushed 19 times for a season-high 159 yards in a win at Nebraska on Saturday, scoring three touchdowns. He also had one reception for eight yards to total 167 all-purpose yards.

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Wadley has 1,021 rushing yards and nine touchdown this season and is the fourth player in school history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons. He 1,081 yards in 2016.

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