Jewell named preseason All-America first-teamer

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell was named to the preseason All-America first team, The Associated Press announced Tuesday.

Jewell joins three other Big Ten players — Saquon Barkley (running back) and Mike Gesicki (tight end) of Penn State, and Ohio State’s Billy Price (center).

Jewell, a Decorah native, started all 13 games at middle linebacker in 2016 for the Hawkeyes, leading the team with 124 tackles — the second-most in the Big Ten Conference.

Jewell was a team captain in each of the past two seasons and was named Iowa’s Most Valuable Player on defense in 2016.