grade-a de­fense

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Play de­fense and don’t turn the ball over. Call it bor­ing. Call it old school. Call it Big Ten foot­ball. What­ever you want to call it, it’s what Iowa does best. And that will be the recipe for suc­cess this sea­son, when de­fense is again the main in­gre­di­ent.

DE Adrian Clay­born, the Orange Bowl MVP, had 11.5 sacks last sea­son and will lead a de­fen­sive line that re­turns four all-Big 10 per­form­ers. A year ago, tack­les Karl Klug (6-4, 270) and Chris­tian Bal­lard (6-5, 297) com­bined with ju­nior de­fen­sive end Brod­er­ick Binns (6-2, 261) to reg­is­ter 32 tack­les for loss, 15.5 sacks and 14 passes bat­ted down. The Hawkeyes ranked in the top 10 na­tion­ally in five de­fen­sive cat­e­gories. They could be bet­ter this sea­son.

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