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IOWA CITY, Iowa – After his performance in Saturday’s win over then-ranked No. 19 Wisconsin in Madison, Hawkeye defensive back Desmond King was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

King was a key reason the Hawkeyes were able to go into Camp Randall and get the 10-6 victory, as he intercepted two Joel Stave passes, recorded a total of nine tackles, and broke up two other throws. His first interception in the second quarter led to the only touchdown of the game, when quarterback C.J. Beathard found tight end George Kittle on a 1-yard touchdown pass following the pick.

The defensive back has been a force all season, leading the Big Ten in both interceptions (five) and passes defended (nine). He’s also been an effective returner, as he averages 22.5 yards per kick return and 18.7 per punt return.

The junior from Detroit, Michigan, is the third Hawkeye to earn a Player of the Week honor this season. Beathard was given the co-offensive award after Iowa defeated Iowa State, and kicker Marshall Koehn was named the special teams winner following the Hawkeye’s last-second win against Pittsburgh.

The No. 22 Hawkeyes (5-0, 1-0) host the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-1, 1-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m.