Is Desmond King ready for a breakout season?
As the season gets closer and the Hawkeyes are well into fall practice, one player on the defense continues to stand out.
Junior cornerback Desmond King's name comes up over and over again as a camp standout. The Hawkeyes have the look of a team that will have a solid secondary but a tru shutdown corner is always welcome.
Expectations are that high for King and Kirk Ferentz has been singing his praises:
"It's his third year on campus," head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He has more experience than most guys at that point. He got thrown in there and really did a great job. I'm not sure he was full-throttle last year and I don't mean that in a derogatory sense, but it's just a young player that thought he had it figured out a little bit too much and that happens."
"He's really been a different guy," Ferentz added. "He trained extremely hard this summer. He's playing in practice at a really high level right now. Again, if we're going to have a good football team, guys that have played have to play well for us and he's certainly doing his part and really setting some tempo in the back end for us."
If the Hawkeyes have found a true number one corner, look for their defense to get back to the glory days sooner rather than later.