The accolades have poured in for Iowa cornerback Desmond King this year. He has been awarded with the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year in the Big Ten, first team All-Big Ten, and the Jim Thorpe Award winner for the NCAA. He's the first Iowa football player to ever win the Jim Thorpe Award.
It hasn't ended there. King is now a consensus all-american. For that honor, you have to be named an all-american by at least three of the five voting organizations; Walter Camp, Associated Press, FWAA, Sporting News, and AFCA. He was included in today's AFCA all-american team. That is not just the third organization to vote him into their all-american team. All five did.
Not only is King a consensus all-american, he's a unanimous selection.
King is now thet 23rd consensus all-american in Iowa Hawkeyes football history and will get his plaque and picture displayed in the All-American Room of the Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Complex. He's now in elite company and has established quite the legacy in Iowa football lore.
He recorded eight interceptions and 67 tackles this year. The Detroit native also had 12 pass break-ups. His eight interceptions tied for second in the NCAA and tied the school record set by Nile Kinnick and Lou King. He had two multiple interception games and they came in critical matchups against Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. He returned one of his interceptions 88 yards for a touchdown against Maryland.
King and the Hawkeyes will now head to Pasadena to compete in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on January 1, 2016.