Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Scherff named to BTN's All-Decade Team

BySEAN BOCK 20 hours ago

Over the past few days, the Big Ten Network has been publishing its all-decade team for the Big Ten.

On Monday, it was announced that former Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell made the cut, and other Hawkeye made the list on Tuesday.

Former Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is the newest member of BTN's all-decade team.

"To understand what an unusual athlete Brandon Scherff was, you have to go back to his high school days when Scherff first gathered a claim as a 6-foot-5, 270-pound quarterback," said BTN's Rick Pizzo. "Throwing for more than 1,100 yards as a quarterback and even rushing for four touchdowns. Scherff eventually switched to the offensive line, ultimately earning a scholarship from his home state school, but that athleticism continued to pay off."

During his time at Iowa, Scherff started out at guard, and then moved over to left tackle after Riley Reiff graduated. After his junior season, Reiff decided to come back to Iowa City for his senior year. Scherff went on to win the 2014 Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior offensive lineman in college football.

Scherff was selected by the Washington Redskins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Dan Parr of said that Scherff was the 2015 NFL Combine's strongest man after Scherff put up insane hang clean numbers.

"It was Scherff's hang-clean numbers that had people talking Thursday in Indy as the former Hawkeyes star took the podium," wrote Parr. "He said his one-rep max in the lift is 480 pounds, and there's evidence to back that up in this video from last summer of him doing three reps at 443 pounds. The guy can hang-clean about 100 pounds more than all-time mammoth offensive lineman Aaron Gibson weighed during his playing days."

Over the course of his career in the NFL, Scherff has become one of the most reliable offensive linemen in the league.

Injuries have hindered his overall performance at times in the league, but he has been selected to three pro bowls and was franchise tagged by the Redskins this offseason.

Scherff is scheduled to make $15,030,000 this season while playing for the Washington Redskins, which makes him the highest-paid former Hawkeye in the NFL.

"Brandon Scherff was one of my all-time all freaks guys in terms of super warrior workout guy, but also as an all-around athlete," said Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. "I think he's one of the ones that seems like if you want to look back and say 'okay, we obviously know that Kirk Ferentz is a brilliant offensive line guy and he's had a ton of success for a long time at Iowa. I think Brandon Scherff really epitomizes that. He was really just a dominant force for them."

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