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Iowa’s King named co-defensive player of the week

logo_iowa_hawkeyesIOWA CITY – University of Iowa defensive back Desmond King has been named Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Iowa’s 10-6 win at Wisconsin Saturday.

The Big Ten honor is the second weekly honor for King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds), a junior from Detroit, Michigan (East English Village HS). King was recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 21, 2013, after recording 12 tackles in a 34-24 loss at No. 3 Ohio State.

King is the third Hawkeye to earn the honor this season, as QB C.J. Beathard earned the offensive award following Iowa’s win at Iowa State, and PK Marshall Koehn was the special teams winner following Iowa’s last-second victory over Pittsburgh.

King led Iowa’s defensive effort in the win at Wisconsin as the Hawkeye defense held the Badgers to two field goals in snapping Wisconsin’s 10-game home winning streak. King’s first interception, and 15-yard return, led to the only touchdown in the game as Iowa took a 7-3 advantage.

King recorded his second interception at the Iowa 11-yard line to stop Wisconsin’s opening drive of the third quarter. It marks the second time in five games (Pittsburgh) that King has recorded two interceptions. King becomes the first Hawkeye with multiple multi-interception games in a season since Tyler Sash in 2009.

King also had five solo tackles, four assists and two pass break-ups against the Badgers. On special teams, King had three kick returns for 65 yards.

King leads the Big Ten in both interceptions (five) and passes defended (nine). His five interceptions are the most for a Hawkeye since Brett Greenwood had five in 2010. He also ranks second in the Big Ten in kickoff returns (22.5) and is averaging 18.7 yards on seven punt returns. He is fifth on the team with 29 tackles.

Iowa (5-0, 1-0) entertains Illinois (4-1, 1-0) Saturday (11 a.m., ESPNU) in Kinnick Stadium. Tickets are on sale for Iowa’s four remaining home games, and are available online at, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the UI athletics ticket office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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