IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior center Tyler Linderbaum has been named to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason First-Team All-America Team. The announcement was made by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Thursday.
Linderbaum (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) has been an anchor on Iowa’s offensive line for the past two seasons. He was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy a year ago and earned first-team All-America honors from The Athletic and Pro Football Focus. He was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele and the Walter Camp Foundation.
The Solon, Iowa, native was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league media.
The 2021 Walter Camp All-America teams will be announced in late November. It will be the 132nd edition of the team.
Senior defensive end Zach VanValkenburg has been named to the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. The announcement was made by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, which is responsible for honoring the nation’s best IMPACT player at the end of the season.
VanValkenburg is one of 42 players named to the Watch List and one of eight nominees from the Big Ten.
Collegiate defensive players are nominated to the Watch List based on the IMPACT on their teams on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. The 42 represents Ronnie Lott’s number during his legendary career.
VanValkenburg (6-foot-4, 270-pounds) earned second-team All-Big Ten honors while starting every game a season ago. He tied for first in the nation with four fumble recoveries and recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors following a career-best performance with three sacks and five tackles in Iowa’s 35-7 win at Minnesota.
A native of Zeeland, Michigan, VanValkenburg was a recipient of Iowa’s Team Hustle Award last season. He has also earned bachelor’s degree in History and master’s degree in Eastern European Studies
Former Hawkeye linebacker and current Denver Bronco Josey Jewell won the award in 2017. Chauncey Golston was a semifinalist for last year’s award. Desmond King was a semifinalist for the award in 2016 and James Morris was a finalist in 2013.
The winner of the 18th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced in December and receive $25,000 for his university’s general scholarship fund.