For one reason or another, every college football writer in the country has a man-crush on Phil Steele .
Steele is a sportswriter and football analyst for the Orlando Sentinel . He produces the annual preseason magazine Phil Steele's College Football Preview , which is widely respected in the college football world.
Like Punxsutawney Phil, Steele is the prognosticator of prognosticators in college football. And the Prognosticator just released his preseason All-Big Ten selections.
Earlier in the year, Steele ranked the Hawkeyes at No. 6 on his overall preseason poll.
"DE Adrian Clayborn turned down the NFL and the bulk of their outstanding defense that shut down Georgia Tech in the bowl, holding them to 155 yards offense and 9 first downs, is back. Offensively, almost all of the key players are back as well and Iowa gets to host Ohio State. "
Steele's opinion of Iowa hasn't changed much since then.
Four Hawkeyes landed on Steele's First Team 2010 All-Big Ten: OL Riley Reiff, DE Adrian Clayborn , S Tyler Sash, and P Ryan Donahue.
Ohio State managed nine first-team picks, almost double any other team, but no team had more players selected than Iowa. The Hawkeyes have 18 players on the list, accounting for 19 total spots.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos makes an appearance twice on Steele's preseason list, at receiver and kick returner. He joins all four of Iowa's starting defensive linemen and a handful of others.
Three other teams have double-digit players listed on the All-Big Ten. The Buckeyes have 17 players listed, the Badgers have 16 showing up and Michigan State landed 12 on the list.
It can, and likely will be argued in favor of either player until the end of the 2010 season, but Stanzi's interceptions may have cost him top honors in Steele's mind.
Steele also favors Adam Robinson over Jewel Hampton as Iowa's top running back in 2010. Aside from favoring Robinson over Hampton, and putting DE Broderick Binns on third team, Steele's assessment is solid.
That said, I'm reserving the man-crush label for when he picks the Hawkeyes to win the national championship.