Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell has built one of the most prestigious careers of any Hawkeye linebacker. On Monday, Campbell was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
“It’s not just on the football field or in training time. It’s all he does. He’s a really humble guy, hardworking,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said earlier this season because if you just focus on him, it’s a pretty good day. Just watch what he does.”
“We are lucky because we can exchange ideas with him on a daily basis. Everything about this guy is just from toe to crown, he’s all football. It’s just about being a good teammate and standing up for anything you want and we’ve got some guys on the wall over there, lots of other guys too, not just guys on that wall I don’t think Yanda is on that wall is, but we had a lot of good guys here. A special player. We are lucky.”
IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior linebacker Jack Campell was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Hawkeyes’ 13-10 win in Minnesota. The announcement was made Monday by the Big Ten Conference bureau.
Campbell (6ft 5, 246lbs) led the Iowa defense in the final minutes of the win in Minnesota as the Hawkeyes won their eighth straight win with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Campbell forced a Minnesota fumble in the Iowa 10 with 5:07 to go, which was recovered by teammate Deontae Craig.
On Minnesota’s next possession, Campbell intercepted a pass that was cut short by cornerback Riley Moss. Campbell returned his second interception of the season to the Minnesota 45 with 2:06 minutes remaining. The Iowa offensive converted the steal into a game-winning field goal by Drew Stevens with 28 seconds remaining. Campbell appeared to have a 75-yard return for a touchdown, but it was decided he was out of bounds at 45.
For the game, the Cedar Falls, Iowa native recorded 10 tackles, including six solo stops, as the Hawkeye defense held the Gophers to 10 points. Iowa’s defense has held eight opponents to 10 points or fewer in 11 games. Campbell leads Iowa with the Big Ten’s best 110 tackles and recorded more than 100 tackles for the second straight season
Campbell is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and was named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, and Butkus Award. The Big Ten honor is the second of Campbell’s career, as he was also honored after Iowa’s win over Colorado State in 2021.
Campbell is the fifth Hawkeye to earn Big Ten recognition this season. Punter Tory Taylor received two special team awards (South Dakota State, Rutgers), defensive back Kaevon Merriweather received defensive honors for his play at Rutgers, Stevens received freshman of the week awards for his game in the win over Northwestern, and running back Kaleb Johnson won for his performance at Iowa’s win at Purdue named offensive and freshman of the week.
Iowa (7-4, 5-3) wraps up the regular season Friday and hosts Nebraska (3-8, 2-6) in the Heroes Trophy fight (3:01 PM CT, BTN).
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