The 2010 season is starting off with several preseason honors for the Iowa football team.
Not many Hawkeye fans will complain about that.
Several Iowa players have been added to various preseason awards watch lists and All-American lists for the 2010 season. Some have been named to so many watch lists that it's hard for the University of Iowa to keep up.
As a surprise to no one, Adrian Clayborn's name has been placed on several preseason lists. The Iowa defensive lineman has been named to watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the Ted Hendricks Award.
Clayborn was also named first team All-American by Sporting News, Playboy Magazine and College Football Insiders, just to name a handful.
Coming in a close second in the preseason honors race is strong safety Tyler Sash. The junior appears on the Bednarik Award watch list along with Clayborn.
Sash also makes an appearance on the Jim Thorpe, Lott Trophy, and Bronko Nagurski Award watch lists. He has also earned a few preseason first team All-American honors of his own.
Broderick Binns appears on several lists, as well. Binns shows up on the Ted Hendricks Award and Rotary Lombardi Award watch lists.
Quarterback Ricky Stanzi landed on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, and Manning Award. Stanzi was a semifinalist last year for the O'Brien Award.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos also makes an appearance on a watch list. He was selected for the preseason Biletnikoff Award list; the award given to the most outstanding college football receiver in the nation.
Defensive lineman Karl Klug appears on the Outland Trophy watch list. Punter Ryan Donahue is on the list for the Ray Guy Award.
Several Hawkeye players were also mentioned on a preseason all-something list. Christian Ballard, Brett Greenwood, Jeremiha Hunter, Shaun Prater, Riley Reiff, and Colin Sandeman were all honored with a mention on a preseason All-Conference or All-American list or two.
The honors might not equate to much at the end of the day, but they do help add to the overall excitement and anticipation of the upcoming season.