The postseason awards continue to roll in for Adrian Clayborn. On the heels of his first team all-Big Ten selection, Clayborn has been named a consensus all-American. The designation is given to players who appear on the most all-American teams, tabulated from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Walter Camp Foundation selections. Clayborn made two of those lists (Camp and AFCA), which is enough to get him onto the team.
After a monumental junior season, Clayborn struggled through his final year at Iowa. Plagued by expectations that led to double- and triple-teams from opposing offensive lines, and hampered by a nagging leg injury through October and November, AC saw his production plummet, notching just 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He's taken some heat, from here and elsewhere, for his problems this season, and yet quietly and professionally played his new role as blocker-engulfing defensive end and vocal leader of a defense decimated by injury. He didn't match the hype, but when the season is considered in a broader context, it's nice that he is still getting the recognition.