Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn Named All-American

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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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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

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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

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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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