IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA announces only one All-America team and that team was announced today.
Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA All-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kadeing and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002).
Clayborn was on numerous watch lists this season and is a finalist for the prestigious Lombardi Award, which will be given out next week.
Clayborn totaled 51 tackles his senior campaign, including seven for a loss of 42 yards. He had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He started 29 consecutive games and 36 during his Hawkeye career. He has been considered one of the most dominant defensive players in collegiate football over the past two years.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. It is the only All-America team chosen exclusively by college football's head coaches.