Iowa senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn and junior strong safety Tyler Sash have both been named to Yahoo Sports! preseason all-American football teams.
Clayborn, who had 11.5 sacks last year and was MVP of the Orange Bowl, landed on the first team at defensive end, while Sash was picked to the second team.
Sash had six interceptions for an NCAA-high 203 return yards last year. He is joined in the back of the defense by senior Brett Greenwood, who had three picks last year.
Clayborn is joined up front by one of the best defensive lines in the nation, joining senior Christian Ballard and juniors Karl Klug and Broderick Binns.
The Hawks’ defense was eighth in points allowed last year and fourth in passing yards allowed. They return eight starters from that unit.