Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn Named All-American


Iowa Hawkeyes senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named a first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). It is the only college football All-America team that is voted on entirely by coaches.

Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA all-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kadeing and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002).

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#13 Iowa-Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview


“Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

These words were delivered to the American people on July 15th, 1979 but are more valid today than ever in history. And they apply to the college football rivalry between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats too!

The quote is from Jimmy Carter’s “Malaise speech” or “Crisis of Confidence speech.”? Iowa may be in the Big Ten’s upper class, but they have a crisis of confidence when it comes to playing Northwestern. NU has taken four of the last five and three straight at Kinnick, where pretty much no visitor ever wins.

After blowing big second half leads in three of their last four, Northwestern has a crisis of confidence too. They’re bowl eligible, but they need to win at least one of their three to avoid the malaise of the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

On Saturday, someone will better define themselves “by what won does,” and that’s winning.

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#18 Iowa vs. Ball State: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Poor Ball State. They’re getting the Iowa Hawkeyes at the exact wrong time. The Hawks were upset in the late night desert air by Arizona, and now they need wins with huge style points to compensate for how far they fell in the national rankings. Critics of Iowa say the team, and the state itself, is boring.

I disagree. Iowa provided the setting for “Field of Dreams” and “The Music Man,” two works of American fiction that have influenced and inspired contemporary pop culture in every genre. Regarding the team itself,  they had a backup offensive lineman appear on a national morning talk show, possess one of the best defensive lines in the nation, and possibly the best defensive player overall in Adrian Clayborn. How many programs have star power like this?

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover (and a second game that week that interests me); with a heavy focus on my three “home teams” Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

By Paul M. Banks

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Karl Klug: your under the radar Iowa Hawkeye

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Last season, the Iowa Hawkeyes may have been the least flashiest 9-0 team in BCS era history. A lot of their wins were Chloe Kardashian level ugly, and none of their talented players were truly household names. They had talent everywhere, just not at the highly-publicized skill positions. Their best overall players were linebackers and offensive linemen.

When I asked people to name Hawkeye players, and this was when they were nationally ranked in the top five, most people would say “Ricky Stanzi,” their starting quarterback who just wins, despite not actually being that good at what he does. Sure people in the industry like me knew all about Tyler Sash, Adrian Clayborn, Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds, but no other non-Iowa fans seemed to.

This year, things are different, much different. The Hawks won’t be able to (trite, shopworn, predictable bromide coming in 3….2…1…..)”fly under the radar.”  They were just too good last year, and too much of the talent is returning. You don’t know the name of Senior DT Karl Klug yet, but you will.

By Paul M. Banks

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Iowa’s Clayborn on Football agents and NFL Draft Decisions


Iowa‘s Adrian Clayborn is more than just a top #5-#15 NFL Draft prospect. He’s an interesting interview, and a candid young man with stand-up character. He was the highlight of Big Ten Media Day 2; partially because he was so candid about the transitional process from college to professional football.

“The coaches sit down, and we have a talk with a guy from a program called Pathway to the Pros, they talk to us about agents, and the key thing is- don’t accept anything. You can talk to them on the phone, you can talk to them face to face. Just don’t accept anything and if you do that, you’re golden,” Clayborn told us at Media Day.

By Paul M. Banks

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Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn has High Character, High NFL Draft Stock


This past year, there’s been talk in the pro football world about some supposed “character concerns” over Iowa Defensive End Adrian Clayborn.

NFL teams are more careful than ever in this era of Roger Goodell’s attempts to legislate morality. However, there are no doubts about Clayborn’s ability on the field. The All-American Honorable Mention had 11.5 sacks last year, and took home the Orange Bowl MVP and National Defensive Performer of the Year Awards.

But a racially-charged incident with an Iowa City cab driver has put his character, and therefore his NFL Draft Stock, into question. After reading this interview/article, all concerns of this sort will be alleviated.

By Paul M. Banks

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