Elgin, King Honored

Dec. 1, 2005

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Two University of Iowa football players have been named to all-America squads. Offensive lineman Mike Elgin to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. And, defensive tackle Mitch King to the Rivals.com first Freshman all-America team.

Elgin, a 6-4, 277-pound offensive guard from Bankston, IA, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.9 grade-point average. He is the 12th Hawkeye football player to earn first-team academic all-America honors. The last to do it was linebacker Aaron Kampman in 2001.

Elgin has started every game at right guard this year and 11 of 12 games at center last year. He is also a two-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and a member of the Iowa Leadership Council.

King, a 6-3, 247-pounder from Burlington, has started the last eight games at a defensive tackle spot. The red-shirt freshman was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Iowa’s 20-10 win over Wisconsin.

King was Iowa’s fifth leading tackler with 53. He had 33 solo and 20 assisted tackles. He led the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 for a minus 28 yards. He also had two quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles.

The Iowa Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 7-4 record and await word on a bowl invitation.