Three defenders from the Iowa football team were selected to various all-conference teams, as chosen by the media and coaches Tuesday evening.
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.
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.