Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week: Iowa CB Desmond King

Iowa's Desmond King earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

So far this season, Iowa has claimed a couple weekly Big Ten honors. Quarterback C.J. Beathard earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Iowa State and kicker Marshall Koehn was named Special Teams Player of the Week for his 57 yard game winning field goal against Pittsburgh inside Kinnick Stadium.

All three phases are now complete as Hawkeye cornerback Desmond King was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his two interception day against Wisconsin in Madison. He shared the honors with Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert, also a very worthy candidate as he had a terrific game against Iowa.

The sensational game from King was nothing new for those that have followed the Hawkeyes this year. It was the second game of the season in which the Iowa corner recorded multiple interceptions. He also picked off two passes against Pittsburgh. He has five interceptions on the season, plenty of tackles and pass break ups, and has been one of the top returners in the Big Ten as well. 

On Saturday against Wisconsin, King became the first Iowa player to record multiple interceptions in multiple games of a season since the late Tyler Sash in 2009. 

This is the second such honor for King, who was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2013 for his 12 tackles in a loss against Ohio State. 

From Detroit, Michigan, King now leads the Big Ten in interceptions and passes defended. His five interceptions on the season are already the most by a Hawkeye in a single season since Brett Greenwood recorded five in 2010. 

Iowa hosts Illinois on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium where King will surely be a staple once again as both a returner and as a cornerback. 

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