Hawkeyes' Walsh, Beathard get notable all-Big Ten nods

Chad Leistikow

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Jordan Walsh on Tuesday became the first Iowa offensive lineman not named Brandon Scherff to earn first-team all-Big Ten Conference honors since 2011.

The right guard who has delivered a powerful senior season was selected as a first-teamer by the league’s coaches and a second-teamer by the media. He was the only Hawkeye on an offense that averaged 33.7 points a game (third in the Big Ten) to make the first team.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard and center Austin Blythe were both named second-teamers by the coaches and media, getting beaten out Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Jack Allen. The Hawkeyes (12-0) and Spartans (11-1) face off in Saturday night’s Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

Iowa right guard Jordan Walsh, left, handles Pittsburgh defensive lineman Darryl Render in the Hawkeyes' 27-24 win at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 19.

Iowa senior Jordan Canzeri made the newly established third-team by the coaches and media, becoming the Hawkeyes’ first all-Big Ten running back since Marcus Coker was a second-teamer in 2011.

Walsh, a native of Glendale Heights, Ill., has started all 12 games this season and 35 in his Hawkeye career. Scherff was a first-team left tackle for Iowa in 2013 and 2014.

Beathard, a junior from Franklin, Tenn., is the first Hawkeye quarterback to make an all-Big Ten first or second team since Drew Tate in 2004. Beathard has accounted for 2,639 yards of offense and 20 touchdowns while throwing just three interceptions and compiling a 13-0 career record as a starter. Indiana's Nate Sudfeld was the Big Ten's third-team QB.

The full list of honorees is below.