Despite not even being considered a finalist for the Butkus Award, Josey Jewell won the Lott Impact Trophy, awarded to college football’s defensive player of the year by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
Jewell has 426 career tackles, good for fifth in Iowa football history. He’s also only the third Hawkeye to ever record back-to-back-to-back seasons of at least 115 tackles.
Josey Jewell was named all-conference by several outlets, and even an all-American by places like Sports Illustrated and The Athletic. Jewell also was named Iowa’s defensive MVP this afternoon during the team banquet.
He’s the first Iowa player to earn the award, and the third straight Big Ten defender to get it; Jabrill Peppers won it in 2016 while Carl Nassib did the year before.
He’s also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
Jewell is 10th in the nation in tackles, with 125 on the year despite missing an entire game. But yeah, he didn’t deserve to be in the conversation for best linebacker @Butkus Award.
Jewell went up against solid competition for the honor; beating out Micah Kaiser (Virginia), Harrison Phillips (Stanford) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama).
Congratulations to Mr. Jewell. We get one last game to watch him in the Black and Gold. Let’s savor it and snap our bowl loss streak.