King will return to Iowa

Senior cornerback would boost Hawkeyes' defense

According to his mom, Desmond King will return to Iowa for his senior season.

King, who led the Big Ten with eight interceptions and won national and B1G defensive back of the year awards, was undecided on whether he should enter the NFL draft or return to the UI after Iowa’s defeat in the Rose Bowl game.

King’s mom, Yvette Powell, told The Gazette on Monday night,

“He made a grown-up choice and that’s all I could ask for,” she said.

In an Instagram post Wednesday, King wrote returning to Iowa is, "what's best for me."

"Feels good to finish my education and to be with my brothers for my senior year," King wrote on Instagram. "There will be those that say my decision is wrong but it's what's best for me. Let's make it a good one fellas."

King submitted his name to the NFL College Advisory Committee. He said during Rose Bowl week that he hadn’t heard an evaluation.

His mom wanted him to stay, but she also wanted what’s best for him. King would be the first college graduate on his mom’s side of the family.

“That’s why it’s still a 50/50 chance,” King said during Rose Bowl week. “I don’t know which way I could go with it. It’s pretty hard.”


King owned the Big Ten this season with eight interceptions. He won the Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back). He was named Big Ten defensive back of the year.

King’s return is a major boost to Iowa’s defense. Suddenly, Iowa’s secondary has extraordinary depth with three senior corners, King, Greg Mabin and Maurice Fleming. Sophomore Joshua Jackson also played a lot as a redshirt freshman last season.

Iowa has yet to hear on senior defensive end Drew Ott’s appeal for a medical hardship waiver. Ott is seeking a fifth-year of eligibility after elbow and knee injuries cut what would’ve been his senior season to six games. The Big Ten’s academics and eligibility subcommittee decides Ott’s case. The subcommittee next is scheduled to meet Feb. 22-23, 2016 in Rosemont, Ill.

If the Big Ten’s subcommittee denies Ott’s request, he can appeal the decision to the NCAA’s committee on student-athlete reinstatement.

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