Iowa's Desmond King Is Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year

Iowa cornerback Desmond King wins the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year Award.

It could be a busy postseason for Iowa's Desmond King. The cornerback could be in line to bring a lot of hardware back to Iowa City. The Hawkeye junior got his first piece earlier this evening when he was named the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award. It was expected that the recipient would be either him or Jourdan Lewis of Michigan, both natives of Detroit, but King was given the honors. 

King was also a unanimous first team selection by Big Ten media and coaches.

King has had a sensational season, both as a kick and punt returner and a defensive back. He's been one of the driving forces behind Iowa's undefeated season. He's third in the Big Ten in passes defended with 19 and he leads the Big Ten with 8 interceptions. King's 8 interceptions is also tied for the most in the entire country.

King's eight interceptions are significant in other ways. It tied the single season record in Iowa Hawkeyes' school history held by a guy named Nile Kinnick. Of course, Iowa's football stadium (Kinnick Stadium) is named after Nile Kinnick. 

In addition to his ball-hawking skills as a defensive back, Desmond King has tallied 61 tackles. He, along with other standouts like Josey Jewell, Greg Mabin, Jordan Lomax, Ben Niemann, Jaleel Johnson, and Nate Meier, have been the core of a stout defensive unit that has been very good against the run all year, forced several turnovers, and the biggest stat of all, they're undefeated. 

King is a junior and will have a decision to make after the season on whether or not to declare early for the NFL Draft. That is a decision, however, that he is not focusing on at this time. He hasn't given it much thought and will only think about that once the Hawkeyes have completed all their football games for this 2015-2016 season.

For now, King is in black and gold still and Iowa is fortunate he is a Hawkeye. 

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