Kirlew, Middleton Collect Preseason Honors
July 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In addition to being named preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Indiana senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew has picked up a few more honors this summer.
The Orlando native was selected first team All-Big Ten by Lindy's preseason magazine and Sporting News. Kirlew is also rated the eighth-best defensive end in the country by Lindy's.
Teammate and bookend on the defensive line, Greg Middleton, was named second team All-Big Ten by Lindy's. Middleton (20) and Kirlew (16.5) own 36.5 sacks between them, the highest total for a tandem in the country.
Kirlew was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award in 2008. He earned first team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second team by the league's coaches and collected honorable mention SI.com All-American honors.
He also secured second team Rivals.com All-Big Ten and received the team's Anthony Thompson MVP Award, outstanding defensive lineman award and defensive player of the year honors. Kirlew finished the season with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, both ranked fourth on Indiana's single-season list. Additionally he was second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in sacks and third in the league and sixth nationally in tackles for loss.
Middleton ranks fourth in school history with his 20 career sacks. He ended 2008 third on the team with four sacks and fifth with five tackles for loss. Middleton also shared the team lead with two fumble recoveries (tied for third in league games only and fifth overall), forced one fumble and broke up one pass.
In 2007, he was selected as a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and became the first IU defensive lineman since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997 to earn first team All-Big Ten honors. He set a new single-season school record with 16 sacks, which also led the nation.
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