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Iowa football players Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson took a significant step forward Monday, joining some elite company.

The Hawkeye defenders were named first team All-American by both the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America, joining 22 other players in the program's history as consensus All-Americans.

Iowa honors its best of the best with a portrait on a wall in the Iowa football complex, signifying first-team all-American selection on at least three of the nation's elite teams.

The pair gives Iowa two AP first-team all-Americans for the first time in 14 years. Offensive tackle Robert Gallery and kicker Nate Kaeding were honored by the AP as first-team choices in 2003.

Jewell and Jackson were previously named as first-team choices by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Jewell, a senior from Decorah, Iowa, was named the Big Ten linebacker of the year after leading the conference and ranking third nationally with 125 tackles and an average of 11.4 per game.

The first Hawkeye since at least 1930 to be named a three-time team captain, Jewell was previously awarded the Lott IMPACT Award and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Jackson, a junior cornerback from Corinth, Texas, was selected as the Big Ten defensive back of the year. He shares the national lead with seven interceptions and leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 25 passes defended.

A first-year starter, Jackson returned two interceptions for touchdowns, which ranks second nationally.

He was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award presented to the top defensive back in college football.

Iowa has had a player earn all-American honors from the AP in each of the last four seasons and Jewell and Jackson are the third and fourth first-team picks in the past four years, following offensive lineman Brandon Scherff in 2014 and Desmond King in 2015.

Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning also was named to the FWAA team Monday.

Lanning ranks 31st in the nation in tackles per game (9.2) and leads the Cyclones in sacks. He also saw spot duty in other roles for ISU, playing 45 snaps as a quarterback on offense and 124 on special teams.


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