Alaric Jackson named first-team Freshman All-American by FWAA

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By Hawkeyesports.com

ATLANTA, Georgia - - University of Iowa redshirt freshman offensive lineman Alaric Jackson has been named a first team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).   The FWAA All-America team includes 13 players on both offense and defense.

Jackson (6-foot-7, 320-pounds) started all 12 regular season games at left tackle in 2017.  He is a redshirt freshman from Detroit, Michigan (Renaissance HS).  Jackson was also named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team selected by BTN.com.

As a member of Iowa’s starting offensive line, Jackson helped lead the way for senior running back Akrum Wadley to rush for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley passed for 2,437 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Wadley’s rushing total ranks 12th best in a single season at Iowa, while Stanley’s passing yards rank 14th.  The 26 passing touchdowns ties as the second best single season total for an Iowa quarterback.

Iowa completed the 2017 season with an 8-5 overall record following its 27-20 win over Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.  Nine of Iowa’s regular season opponents participated in bowl games, posting an 8-1 record in those events.

The Hawkeyes open the 2018 season with four straight home games, beginning with Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.