IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell has been named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following Iowa’s 21-19 loss to fourth-ranked Penn State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Jewell was also named College Sports Madness’ Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, and Bednarik Award Player of the Week. The College Sports Madness and Big Ten weekly honors are the second of the season for Jewell, who was also recognized for his play in Iowa’s opening win over Wyoming.
Jewell (6-foot-2, 236-pounds), a native of Decorah, Iowa, matched his career high with 16 tackles against Penn State. His total included 11 solo stops and three tackles for loss. He also had his fifth career interception, with his 33-yard return leading to Iowa’s first touchdown of the game. Jewell recovered a fumble in the second half and finished the game with two pass break-ups.
Jewell leads the Big Ten with 44 tackles through four games. He has 345 career tackles to rank 12th on Iowa’s career chart.
The Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) play at Michigan State (2-1, 0-0) Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:12 p.m. CT. The game is televised on FOX.