Desmond King one of five finalists for national player of the year award
Desmond King might not have been known by many outside of Iowa before the 2015 season. The guy who was one of the better defenders on a seven-win team certainly wasn’t a household name.
Eight interceptions and 12 wins later, King is now in that discussion.
On Wednesday, the nation’s interceptions leader was named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the national player of the year in college football.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 2, 2015
King was the only B1G player, as well as the only defensive player, to make the list. He was joined by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Alabama running back Derrick Henry.
In the 48-year history of the award, no Iowa player has ever won the honor. No B1G player has won the honor since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith took it home during his 2006 Heisman Trophy season.
It was already an award-filled week for King. The Detroit native was named first-team All-B1G by the coaches and media, and he also earned the Tatum-Woodson B1G Defensive Back of the Year.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
King will have a chance to boost his credentials with another stellar effort against No. 5 Michigan State in the B1G Championship. More importantly, he could lift the Hawkeyes to their first spot in the College Football Playoff.