Black & Gold Rundown: King, Coons, and More

The Black & Gold Rundown is a new feature that will come out every morning for Hawkeye fans to keep up with the latest in Hawkeye sports. Today features, Iowa’s money man and the recruiting trail.

If you haven’t already heard, Desmond King had a pretty decent weekend as he brought home the Jim Thorpe Award for the nations top defensive back and was named to the Associated Press’ First Team All America. Not too shabby for a 3 star recruit that was hardly recruited.

King is Iowa’s first ever winner of the Thorpe Award and his eight interceptions this past season were tied for 2nd in the nation.  It also tied Iowa’s school record. His 67 tackles were good for fifth on the team and his constant badgering of opposing teams receivers was an absolute joy to watch.  King still has a year of eligibility left, but there have been rumblings that King could be a first round pick in this years NFL Draft.

If he indeed does decide to come back, which we probably won’t know until after Iowa takes on Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day, that could make Iowa’s defense pretty scary.

Iowa football had a pretty successful weekend on the recruiting trail as well when they landed a commitment from Jacob Coons, a 2017 TE/OLB from Solon, IA.  For those of you not familiar with Iowa, that is only about 10 minutes from Iowa City.

After watching Coons’ tape, I’ve come to a couple conclusions about the youngster.  At 6’4″ he has very good height that Iowa will without a doubt work with and he’ll be adding to his already 225 lb frame.  He possesses very good hands and does show the ability to go up and get the football. He also blocks until the play in completely over.  I don’t think I can count on both of my hands how many times Coons pancakes an opposing player in his video.

My early guess is he’d play tight end, but with a kid this versatile, he could end up anywhere.

Last thing for today is an early update on Jordan Canzeri.  Iowa’s senior tailback and leading rusher left the Big Ten Championship game with an apparent ankle injury and did not return.  Canzeri managed just 2 carries for 12 yards before going down.  We have yet to hear anything from head coach Kirk Ferentz, but with the bowl game being two and a half more weeks away, my guess is Canzeri should be good to go.

Jordan paced the Hawkeyes this year racking up 976 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He also went over 100 yards in five of the eleven games he took part in.  If Canzeri is unable to go, look for Leshun Daniels, Derrick Mitchell, and Akrum Wadley to fill the void.