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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