For the first time since 2010 – back when the Big Ten had 11 teams – multiple Iowa defensive players have been honored as first-team all-conference players.
But perhaps the biggest surprise is that the Big Ten's lone Butkus Award finalist, Josey Jewell, wasn't one of them.
Iowa cornerback Desmond King was a first-teamer again, as voted by the media and coaches, during Tuesday's televised Big Ten Network reveal. The coaches also made Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson a first-teamer, while the media awarded him second-team honors.
Jewell, the league's second-leading tackler, was a second-team pick by the media and coaches.
The perceived snub to Jewell led to instant outrage among Hawkeye fans on social media. The junior was beaten out for the three first-team linebacker spots by Michigan's Jabrill Peppers (who was also the league's defensive player of the year), Ohio State's Raekwon McMillon and Wisconsin's T.J. Watt.
Punter Ron Coluzzi was a third-team choice by the media and coaches. Defensive end Parker Hesse, defensive tackle Nathan Bazata and cornerback Greg Mabin were named honorable mention.
King joins safety Bob Sanders (2001, '02, '03), offensive lineman Eric Steinbach (2001, '02), offensive lineman Robert Gallery (2002, '03), placekicker Nate Kaeding (2002, '03), linebacker Abdul Hodge (2003, '04), defensive end Matt Roth (2003, '04), linebacker Chad Greenway (2004, '05), defensive end Adrian Clayborn (2009, '10), safety Tyler Sash (2009, '10), defensive back Shaun Prater (2010, '11) and offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (2013, '14) as players who have been named first-team all-Big Ten in multiple years under Kirk Ferentz.
Johnson, meanwhile, broke some new ground. The fifth-year senior from Lombard, Ill., is Iowa's first defensive lineman to earn first-team all-Big Ten honors since Clayborn six years ago.
Iowa had three defensive first-teamers in 2010 in Clayborn, Sash and Prater.
The last time Iowa had a first-team linebacker was Pat Angerer in 2009; perhaps Jewell can break that string in 2017.
The Big Ten only announced defensive players and coach of the year awards Tuesday (Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, coaches; Penn State's James Franklin, media). The offensive all-Big Ten teams will be named at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday on BTN Live.