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Josey Jewell has built himself in to one of the best linebackers in the country -

The Decorah native leads the Big Ten and sits third in the country with 58 tackles this season - something that would have surprised him four years ago.

Josey Jewell/Iowa Senior Linebacker

"Yeah, I had no clue. I came in here thinking hopefully I get some special teams by sophomore, junior year, and maybe I'll work my way in to the defense."

What's hard to fathom is the fact the Big Ten's leading tackler nearly ended up in division 3 - Jewell was all set to join the Luther Norse in his hometown - but when Iowa finally offered a scholarship late in the process - that sealed the deal --

"No, there wasn't any thinking, it was, yeah, I'm good. Let's go."

The offer paid off big time for the Hawks - and his success comes as no surprise to those who saw him in high school - like Parker Hesse - who grew up 15 miles away in Waukon -

Parker Hesse/Iowa Senior Defensive Lineman

"I played him in all sports, and he was just really competitive. You knew you'd get his best shot every time you stepped up there. He was going to fight."

And that fight's gained the respect of teammates on both sides of the ball - like Akrum Wadley - who came in with Jewell's recruiting class - and like Josey Jewell - received little attention in high school -

Akrum Wadley/Iowa Senior Running Back

"Somebody made a mistake. Big mistake. Two mistakes. It's just up to us to keep working hard and proving guys wrong."

and while Jewell continues to do that - he isn't taking much of the credit -

"D-line takes up a lot of blocks for us, and linebackers are supposed to make a lot of tackles. You see James Morris, Chad Greenway, all those guys, Pat Angerer, they all had a lot of tackles. It's just doing your job to the best of your ability.

In Iowa City, Mark Woodley, News Seven KWWL --

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