Three defenders from the Iowa football team were selected to various all-conference teams, as chosen by the media and coaches Tuesday evening.
The 2019 All-Big Ten Defense teams as selected by #B1GFootball media. pic.twitter.com/y6pIdmmeQY— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) December 3, 2019
AJ Epenesa was an unanimous first-team selection by the coaches and media. The junior was fourth in the conference in sacks with 9. He also recorded 13 tackles for a loss, forced 3 fumbles and hurried the QB 9 times. Epenesa a repeat offender from the media, who also selected him to the first team a year ago.
Michael Ojemudia made the second team of the media poll.
The 2019 All-Big Ten Defense teams as selected by #B1GFootball coaches. pic.twitter.com/2bczPL3Jzx— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) December 3, 2019
Geno Stone earned second team honors from the coaches and not the media, because people are dumb. Geno was tied for the team-lead with 43 tackles while breaking up 3 passes, forcing 2 fumbles and recording an interception against Michigan.
I’m not going to say who specifically got snubbed here, but I would like to point out that Iowa:
- Has the no. 6 scoring defense in the nation, surrendering just 13 points/game.
- Allowed a touchdown when an opposing offense was in the red zone just 40% of the time, good for seventh in the nation.
- Was third-best in the nation in allowing plays of 20+ yards.
- Held Penn State, Illinois and Michigan to season-lows in scoring. Minnesota had its second-lowest scoring output of the season against Iowa, while the Hawkeyes also shut out Rutgers and Northwestern.