Iowa cornerback Desmond King took home consensus all-american honors a year ago after a sensational season where he shut down every wideout he defended, leading him to the Jim Thorpe Award and having his name in the discussion to be an early entrant in the NFL Draft.
King has returned for his senior season and should lead a pretty stifling Hawkeye defense.
That leads us to our question. Desmond King becomes a back-to-back consensus all-american, fact or fiction?
DYLAN: I say this is a fact. You'd think that a guy who won the Jim Thorpe Award last season and was a consensus All-American wouldn't have a chip on his shoulder, but it seems like he does. He's talked about getting faster, which will help him at the next level, but what he does well is read the quarterback. It seems like he knows what the QB is thinking before the QB does.
He'll draw Allen Lazard in Iowa's week two matchup against Iowa State and the results of that battle could go a long way in telling us what kind of season King may have. All the ability is there and I think he's determined to be better than he was last season. QB's might hesitate in throwing his way this season, but I think King will repeat as a consensus All-American.
DEREK: I'm going to be the naysayer. Fiction. It is has nothing to do with his ability. It has everything to do with the difficulty of the task. His eight interceptions was among the leaders in all of college football a year ago including taking one back for a score. Let's face it, numbers and statistics have a lot to do with the award. Duplicating that kind of production on paper will prove to be too daunting of challenge in my mind.
King may have a better season. He will likely have a better year. He'll likely be a better player. But racking up all those interceptions once again is not likely. And without those numbers, it'll be tough to qualify how great of a year he may be having. Add that to the fact that he'll be avoided like the plague, and the opportunities will be even more slim. His chances to put up those same numbers will likely be cut in half. So, take into account that teams will stay away from them even more this upcoming year, resulting in less plays to be made, I think he'll miss out.
I think he'll be just as impactful for Iowa but it won't result in the same kind of hardware.