With the national championship game looming, the run on college players declaring for the NFL Draft started long ago. Some teams are getting good news, however. The Iowa Hawkeyes learned that star cornerback and Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King will be returning to school for his senior season:

Feels good to finish my education and to be with my brothers for my senior year. 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

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King's mother, Yvette Powell, spoke with the Daily Iowan who broke the story:

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"We have unfinished business," Powell said. "... He didn't want to leave [junior quarterback] C.J. [Beathard] like that." We talked to C.J. and he was happy. I told him it's time for you guys to lead your team and to see them on graduation day.

"That's a beautiful thing. They want to stick together, that's what it's all about."

With the Hawkeyes getting the consensus All-American back, it will bolster their chances significantly of repeating as Big Ten West champions.