Iowa's Josey Jewell on watch list for top defensive player

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central

Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell has been named to the 2017 Bednarik Award watch list.

The Bednarik Award is given to the nation’s top college defensive player. Former Iowa defensive back Desmond King was a semifinalist for the award in 2016.

Iowa middle linebacker Josey Jewell, signing autographs after the spring game April 21, is on the "watch list" for the Bednarik Award heading into his senior season.

A native of Decorah, Jewell started all 13 games at middle linebacker last season, leading the Hawkeyes with 124 tackles to rank second in the Big Ten Conference. Jewell was one of five finalists for the 2016 Butkus Award and a 2015 and 2016 team captain.

He was named Iowa’s most valuable player on defense and second team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Big Ten coaches and media.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 30.