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June 9, 2010

Clayborn named Playboy All-American

IOWA CITY, IA - University of Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named to the prestigious Playboy magazine pre-season All-America team.

Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, MO, becomes the 16th Iowa player ever named to the Playboy team. He becomes the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the list. Former Hawkeyes Nate Kaeding, Robert Gallery, Matt Roth and Chad Greenway made the team earlier in the Ferentz era. Ferentz was also named the Playboy Coach of the Year in 2003.

Clayborn was the MVP in Iowa's win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. He blocked a punt and ran it back for a touchdown in Iowa's win over Penn State. He was named National Defensive Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards and was first team all-Big Ten. He started every game for Iowa last season and was credited with 70 tackles, including 20 for loss.

The Hawkeye senior is expected to be on the 2010 watch lists for virtually every defensive player of the year award.

Iowa Playboy All-Americans (16)

Alex Karras DT 1957
Curt Merz E 1959
Larry Ferguson RB 1961
Karl Noonan E 1964
Gary Snook QB 1965
John Niland OL 1965
Craig Clemons DB 1971
Larry Station LB 1985
Dave Croston OL 1986
Tim Dwight WR 1997
Jared DeVries DT 1998
Nate Kaeding PK 2003
Robert Gallery OL 2003
Matt Roth DE 2004
Chad Greenway LB 2005
Adrian Clayborn DE 2010

Iowa Playboy Coach's of the Year (3)

Forest Evashevski 1957
Jerry Burns 1965
Kirk Ferentz 2003


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