All-Ferentz Team: Defensive Line

July 10, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

OFFENSIVE LINE, KICKER & PUNTER, LINEBACKER, RECEIVER, TIGHT END

IOWA CITY, Iowa – While Iowa has made a name for itself in producing top offensive linemen, the Hawkeyes have done a fine job exporting talent to the NFL on the other side of the trench as well.

You’ll be reminded of that in our next position installment of our All-Ferentz Team. The defensive line is stacked.

You can find the methodology for the project HERE.

DEFENSIVE END

First Team

Adrian Clayborn

Skinny: Clayborn played at a time when Iowa rolled with its starting D-Linemen A LOT. As effective as he was in that system, he would have been even better now that the coaches rotate men. He recorded 20 tackles for loss as a junior and was a consensus first-team all-American as a senior in ’10. He also was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top D-End.

Aaron Kampman

Skinny: Like Kevin Kasper at receiver, Kampman was a holdover from the coach Hayden Fry Era, for whom he played linebacker. Ferentz and staff converted him to a defensive end and his career took off. He earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior.

Second Team

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Matt Roth

Skinny: Roth, like Kampman, arrived at Iowa as a linebacker. He moved up to the line early in his Iowa career and never looked back. He was named first-team all-conference his final two seasons and was a second-team all-American as a senior.

AJ Epenesa

Skinny: If we do the all-Ferentz team in another decade, you could very well see Epenesa on the top squad. He captured first-team all-Big Ten laurels last season as a part time player. He led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks.

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DEFENSIVE TACKLE

First Team

Colin Cole

Skinny: Part of the key haul Bret Bielema pulled out of South Florida for the Hawkeyes, Cole played a major role in Ferentz’s rebuild. He could be deployed inside or off the edge. The Big Ten called him a first-team all-conference member, and he landed on the all-American second team as a senior. He finished his career with 213 tackles despite being asked to take on multiple blockers most of the time.

Jonathan Babineaux

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Skinny: Another fascinating Iowa success story, Babineaux showed up on campus as a fullback from Texas. He turned into a menace on the inside of the Ferentz Era’s best defensive line. He wrapped up his college career with 39 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team all-Big Ten pick as a senior in ’04.

Second Team

Mitch King

Skinny: Another linebacker turned defensive lineman, King boasted a motor that never shut off. As a senior in ’08, King was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team all-American.

Mike Daniels

Skinny: The New Jersey native forced his way into the rotation and became a force after being lightly recruited. He led the Hawkeyes in sacks and tackles for loss in each of his final two seasons.

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