IOWA CITY (KWWL) – Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa was named the defensive player of the week in the Big Ten Conference following the Hawkeyes’ win over No. 8 Minnesota. Epenesa led an effort that held the Gophers to a season low 19 points.
The Iowa junior recorded four tackles, including two and a half sack, to go along with a forced fumble in the win. In total, the Hawkeyes sacked Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan six times.
The honor marks the third time Epenesa earned the conference’s defensive honor.