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Iowa's Desmond King wins Jim Thorpe Award

ATLANTA (AP) Iowa's Desmond King has won the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's best defensive back.

The award was presented Thursday night.

King, a junior cornerback, led Iowa with eight interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, this season. He is the first Iowa player to win the honor. He became the Big Ten's seventh winner, tying the Southeastern Conference for the lead.

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King was selected over Duke's Jeremy Cash and Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III.

Louisville's Gerod Holliman won the award last year.

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