All-Ferentz Team: Linebacker

July 7, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

OFFENSIVE LINE, KICKER AND PUNTER

IOWA CITY, Iowa – It’s a position that’s produced some of the most memorable names of the Kirk Ferentz Era. Linebackers garnered the glory racking up tackles.

While the Cash position and sub packages might affect their impact moving forward, they can’t alter the past. Many of these guys are synonymous with the toughness reputation earned by the Hawkeye defense.

It makes it difficult to pick the best from the last 20 years, but that’s what we did. You can see how we arrived here by reviewing the methodology of the project HERE.

LEO

First Team

Christian Kirksey

Skinny: A high school receiver, Kirksey built himself into the prototype of what the coaches sought out in this position. He could cover and support the run. His skill set has transferred well into the NFL.

Second Team

AJ Edds

Skinny: Edds brought enough athleticism that he would have prospered at several different positions. He ended up at the low-profile LEO spot where he became a stalwart.

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MLB

First Team

Josey Jewell

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Skinny: The Outlaw played a huge role in helping the Hawkeyes recapture their edge following some lean years. He earned unanimous all-American honors and was the Big Ten’s Linebacker of the Year. His 437 career tackles rank fourth all-time in school history.

Second Team

Abdul Hodge

Skinny: The Florida native ranks third on Iowa’s all-time tackle list with 453. His 158 stops in ’05 rate as the second most in a season for the program. He earned all-Big Ten honors three times.

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WIL

First Team

Chad Greenway

Skinny: Greenway teamed up with Hodge to form one of the top one-two punches in the Ferentz Era. The South Dakota native ranks sixth on Iowa’s career list with 416 tackles. His 156 stops in ’05 put him third on the Iowa list for a season.

Second Team

Anthony Hitchens: The Ohio product showed up as a safety and left Iowa as a problem for opposing offenses. He led the Big Ten in tackles as a junior and was named second-team all-conference as a senior.

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