Iowa LB Josey Jewell named Bednarik Award Player of the Week

If Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell had any intentions of winning the 2017 Bednarik Award, he got off to a good start in the Hawkeyes’ season opening 24-3 victory over Wyoming in Week 1.

The Bednarik Award is given out at the end of each college football season to the nation’s best defensive player. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Maxwell Football Club that Jewell had won the award.

Jewell’s Week 1 stat line included a team-high 14 tackles, which 2.5 were counted as tackles for loss. The senior linebacker had seven solo tackles, two sacks and one pass break-up as well.

His sacks and tackles for loss matched his career bests. The accolade shouldn’t come as a shock, as Jewell was one of the players named to the Bednarik Award’s preseason watch list.

Along with the national award, the 6-foot-2 tackling machine was awarded as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week yesterday.

Jewell and the Hawkeyes will be in action again next week when they take on Iowa State at noon ET on Sept. 9 in Ames, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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