IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa has been named a preseason first-team All-American by the Associated Press. It is the fourth publication to name Epenesa a preseason first-team All-American.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Epenesa (6-foot-6, 280-pounds) led the Big Ten and ranked 12th nationally in sacks (10.5). He ranked second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in forced fumbles (4), and ranked fourth in the conference in tackles for loss (16.5). The Glen Carbon, Illinois, native also recorded 37 tackles, four pass break-ups, eight pressures, and a blocked punt.
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