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2015 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Desmond King, University of Iowa


Desmond King of Iowa was named the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award Winner.  King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds), is a junior from Detroit (East English Village HS). His eight interceptions are tied for most in the nation for the 2015 season. King has multiple interceptions in two games, with two thefts in wins over Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. The eight interceptions tie the Iowa single-season record. King has 11 career thefts, which ties for eighth best at Iowa.

King has recorded 39 solo tackles and 22 assists, with one tackle for loss. He leads the Hawkeyes with 11 pass break-ups. King was named the Jim Thorpe national Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa's win at Wisconsin. He had an 88-yard touchdown return in Iowa's win over Maryland, the second touchdown of his career. King was named a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, and named first-team All-Big Ten.

King won the 2015 Thorpe Award over finalists Jeremy Cash from Duke and Vernon Hargreaves III from Florida. The announcement was made by Governor Mary Fallin in a live broadcast on ESPN in December.  King is the seventh player from the Big Ten to be chosen as a Thorpe Award winner. The most recent being Darqueze Dennard in 2013 from Michigan State.