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Iowa’s King and Jewel are All-Americans

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IOWA CITY – University of Iowa senior defensive back Desmond King and junior linebacker Josey Jewell have been named to All-America teams. Those announcements were made Monday by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Phil Steele’s College Football.

King was named second team All-America defensive back by the Associated Press, and second team All-America return specialist by the FWAA. He was also named second team kick return specialist Phil Steele, and third team defensive back. Jewell was named fourth team All-America linebacker by Phil Steele.

King (5-foot-11, 203-pounds), is a native of Detroit (East English Village HS). He started all 12 games in 2016, recording 53 tackles and seven pass break-ups. King also collected two interceptions, returning one for a 41-yard touchdown in Iowa’s win over Purdue.

A two-time All-American, King has 13 career interceptions to tie for fourth on Iowa’s career list. He was previously named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award, and Lott IMPACT Trophy. He has earned first team All-America honors from USA Today, College Sports Madness, and Pro Football Focus, and second team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation.

King has handled the majority of kickoff and punt returns for the past two seasons. He averaged 9.8 yards on 25 punt returns and 27.2 yards on 25 kickoff returns this season, ranking among Big Ten leaders in both categories. His career-long 44-yard punt return led to a touchdown in Iowa’s 40-10 win over No. 15 Nebraska.

Jewell (6-2, 235), is a native of Decorah, Iowa. He has started 30 consecutive games at middle linebacker. He led the team and ranks second in the Big Ten in tackles (114) through the regular season. He ranks 18th in career tackles (291).

He earned second team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season and was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award. Jewell and King were recognized as two of Iowa’s five permanent team captains for 2016.

Iowa (8-4) will meet Florida (8-4) in the 2017 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 2. The game is scheduled for a noon (CT) start, and will be televised live on ABC from Raymond James Stadium.

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