Report: Desmond King returning to Iowa for senior season
According to the Daily Iowan’s Danny Payne, Desmond King is coming back for his senior season.
Payne confirmed the news with King’s mother, Yvette Powell, who said that her son will return for his final year in Iowa City.
Cornerback Desmond King is coming back to Iowa for his senior year. Story coming as soon as I get to a computer.
— Danny Payne (@dannyapayne) January 5, 2016
According to the report, King returned home after the Rose Bowl and told his mom he wanted to finish his career with a bowl win.
Powell told the Daily Iowan in a phone interview that King didn’t want to leave the program on the note they ended on at the Rose Bowl. Powell said that her son has “unfinished business” and that he didn’t want to abandon Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.
The All-American set a single-season Iowa record with eight interceptions and was a key piece of the Hawkeyes’ 12-0 start.
King became the first Iowa player ever to win the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the best defensive back in college football. The Detroit native was also the only defensive player among the Walter Camp Award finalists, which is given annually to the best player in college football.
King’s return is huge for an Iowa defense that should once again be one of the B1G’s best in 2016.
More will be updated on this story when the Hawkeyes send out an official release.