Jim Thorpe Award finalist Desmond King has been an integral part of Iowa's success on the gridiron this season. He is leading a defense that is holdling opponents to under 20 points a game, forcing a ton of turnovers throughout the year, and has been a driving influence to their 11-0 start to the 2015 regular season.
Not only is he a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, a trophy given to the country's top defensive back, but King is tied for the NCAA lead in interceptions with eight, and is surely to be the recipient of all-conference accolades as well.
As the season progressed, the junior has risen up NFL draft boards and enough to warrant an early college departure. The Hawkeyes obviously would be better with King in the lineup during the 2016 season but he'll have a decision to make once the deadline to declare for the NFL draft approaches. For now he's not worried about coming to a conclusion on what his future holds.
"No, not at all," he said about a final decision or thinking about possibly jumping ship to the pros. "I'm not really decided on what I want to do. At this point I'm just focused on this season and what kind of season we're trying to have this year."
With the Hawkeyes in contention for a playoff spot and a chance to make even more school history, it is more than understandable that King is non-committal about his intentions at this time. But being in the discussion is something he's proud of and taking in stride.
"It means a lot," King shared. "It's just a dream come true, really. Like I said, I'm just focused on this season and trying to stay humble."