2004 Draft . . . Drafted in fifth round by Tennessee.
Hawk-Items - - One of five seniors selected to team Leadership Council for 2003 season.
2003 Honors - - Pre-season special mention all-America by The Sporting News . . . District VII first team academic all-American . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . honorable mention all-Big Ten . . . Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award . . . Coaches Appreciation Award, defense . . . selected to participate in East-West Shrine game . . . 2003 - - listed as first team defensive tackle following spring practice . . . - started at defensive tackle in first eight games and 11 of 13 games overall . . . recorded four solo tackles and one assist in opening win over Miami, along with two pass break-ups and one QB pressure . . . Iowa defense held Miami to 54 rushing yards and without a touchdown for the first time since 1993 . . . played well in win over Buffalo as first defensive unit did not allow a touchdown for second straight game . . . one solo tackle and four assists in win at Iowa State . . . two solo tackles and one assist in win over Arizona State . . . four solo stops and two assists at Michigan State, including a QB sack and a pass break-up . . . one solo stop and four assists in win over Michigan, including one QB sack for minus 12 yards . . . recorded two assisted tackles at Ohio State . . . recorded one solo tackle and two assists in win over Penn State before leaving game early in second half with ankle injury . . . did not play in win over Illinois due to injury, snapping consecutive game streak at 45 games and consecutive starting streak at 33 games . . . did not play at Purdue due to injury suffered in Penn State game . . . returned to starting line-up in win over Minnesota as defense held fifth-highest scoring team in the nation without a touchdown until the final five minutes of the game . . . still saw limited action due to injury and had no tackles vs. the Gophers . . . started at defensive tackle in win at Wisconsin . . . recorded two solo tackles and two assists against the Badgers . . . recorded two solo tackles in 37-17 Outback Bowl win over Florida, as defense held Gators to 57 rushing yards, lowest in Outback Bowl history. 2002 Honors - - honorable Mention all-Big Ten . . . Verizon District VII second team Academic all-American . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . Hustle Team Award, defense . . . 2002 - - started all 13 games of the season at defensive tackle . . . key member of Iowa defense that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense in 2002, allowing 81.9 yards per game . . . recorded one solo tackle and one assist in win over Akron . . . one solo tackle and two assists in win at Miami . . . also credited with two tackles for loss, one QB sack and one pass break-up . . . four solo tackles and one assist vs. Iowa State, including one tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . recorded first career touchdown in win over Utah State with a recovered fumble in the endzone . . . one solo tackle and one assist in win over Utah State to go with the recovered fumble . . . one solo tackle, two assists and three QB pressures in win at Penn State . . . two solo tackles, four assists, one pass break-up and one QB pressure in win over Purdue . . . recorded three solo tackles and one solo in win over Michigan State, including one tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . three solo tackles and one assist in win at Indiana, including a QB sack for minus six yards . . . three solo tackles, two assists and one QB pressure in win at Michigan, with one tackle for loss . . . key member of Iowa defense that held Wolverines to 22 rushing yards and 171 yards total offense . . . recorded three solo tackles and two assists in win over Wisconsin, including two QB sacks and a QB pressure . . . part of Iowa defense which held Wisconsin to 78 rushing yards and 215 yards total offense . . . four solo tackles and five assists in win over Northwestern, along with one QB pressure . . . recorded two solo tackles and four assists in win at Minnesota as defense held top rushing team in the Big Ten to 80 net yards rushing . . . recovered a fumble that led to final touchdown of the game and recorded one QB sack . . . recorded four solo tackles and one assist, including one QB sack, vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl . . . 2001 Honors - - academic all-Big Ten . . . 2001 - - saw action in all 12games, with two starts . . . recorded 16 solo tackles and 12 assists, with six tackles for loss, one QB sack, two QB pressures and two blocked PATs . . . one solo tackle in win over Kent State . . . only tackle vs. Miami was a tackle for loss, but he also blocked two PATs . . . one solo stop and one assist in win over Penn State . . . one solo tackle and one assist at Purdue, including a tackle for loss . . . two solo stops, one assist and a tackle for loss at Michigan State . . . first career start came against Indiana and he responded with three solo tackles and three assists, including one QB pressure, in Iowa victory . . . one solo tackle and one assist vs. Michigan . . . three solo tackles and three assists at Wisconsin in second start, including two tackles for loss and one QB pressure . . . one solo tackle and one assist in win at Northwestern . . . one solo stop and one assist, including a QB sack, in win at Northwestern . . . one solo tackle in Alamo Bowl win over Texas Tech . . . 2000 Honors - - Academic all-Big Ten . . . 2000 - - saw action in defensive line in all 12 games . . . two tackles at Nebraska . . . two tackles at Indiana . . . one stop vs. Michigan State . . . three solo tackles and one assist at Illinois . . . one tackle vs. Ohio State . . . one tackle in win over Northwestern was a QB sack . . . 1999 - - redshirted.
High school honors - - Named first team Elite all-state on offense by Des Moines Register . . . first team all-state on offense in Class 4-A by Iowa Newspaper Association . . . Super Prep Midwest all-American . . . first team all-conference selection as junior and senior . . . all-Metro first team as a senior by Des Moines Register . . . academic all-conference as a junior and senior . . . Career - - recorded 22 tackles as a senior while seeing little action on defense . . . helped Valley to 10-0 record and top ranking in Class 4A throughout the season before falling in state playoffs . . . prep team established school records for total offense and total defense in senior season . . . also lettered in track and field.
Personal - - Born 4/7/81 . . . communication studies major . . . three year member of prep honor roll . . . one of three players from West Des Moines on the Iowa roster . . . attended same high school as DB Mike Follett and DT Alex Willcox . . . parents are Marilyn and Bob Clauss . . . high school coach was Gary Swenson.
Clauss's Career Defensive Stats