The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday that Iowa Cornerback Desmond King was named the league’s Tatum-Woodsson Defensive Back of the Year. The true junior from Detroit also was selected as a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media.
King (5-11, 200) is tied for the national lead in interceptions with eight, a number that also puts him even with the school record of Nike Kinnick (’39) and Lou King (’81). He also has 61 tackles (one for loss) and 11 passes defended this season. King joins Micah Hyde (’12) as the Hawkeyes’ Tatum-Woodson Award winners.
The Big Ten released its all-league teams and awards for defense on Monday. It’s set to announce offense on Tuesday as well as the coach of the year with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz among the favorites.
King was the lone first-teamer defender or special teams performer named by the coaches or media. Sophomore Linebacker Josey Jewell earned second-team honors by both groups while kicker Marshall Koehn was tabbed on the second team by the coaches.
The coaches and media agreed on defensive end Nate Meier being on the third-team. The coaches also put safety Jordan Lomax on their third team.
Here are how the all-Big Ten Defensive and Special Teams units. You can click on the photo to enlarge.