Judging Iowa cornerback Desmond King for postseason honors won’t be easy.
King might be the first Hawkeyes player to be considered for an All-America team simply because he stepped on the field every week.
Teams have avoided throwing anywhere near King, the reigning Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back. King’s numbers have suffered as a result, but Iowa ranks 13th nationally in opponent completion percentage at 51.3.
“He’s a durable player. Most of the really great players that have played here, that’s one trait that … I think is a real key to greatness,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “He’s playing well on defense … and he’s been doing an extraordinary job on special teams.”
Despite the fact that opponents have rarely given King a chance to prove himself on defense in 2016, he’s still wrapping up one of the great careers in school history.
King earned a starting spot just two games into his career and never gave it up. As a sophomore in 2014, King earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors while picking off three passes, and last season he emerged as one of the nation’s best defenders. King had eight interceptions, earned consensus All-America honors and was named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
That seemed like a resume of a player ready to test the NFL Draft. But King, to the pleasant surprise of the coaching staff, decided he needed another year of college ball.
“For me, personally, I had a lot to work on. A lot to improve on, and a lot of maturing as well,” said King, who has one interception this season.
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