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True freshman’s play impresses Ferentz

[ 0 ] October 1, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – A role reversal has taken place in Iowa’s secondary.

Jordan Lomax, a redshirt sophomore, was a starter at cornerback when the season began, but has missed the past four games with a sore hamstring.

Freshman defensive back Desmond King has impressed Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. (David Purdy-Getty Images photo)

Freshman defensive back Desmond King has impressed Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. (David Purdy-Getty Images photo)

Desmond King, a true freshman, stepped in and has 18 tackles and three pass breakups for the season.

“King really is the veteran, right now,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Which sounds funny to talk about a guy who was in high school six months ago.

“But he’s been able to practice and able to play, and that’s where we’re at right now.”

Ferentz indicated Tuesday that Lomax is improving.

“He’s fine,” Ferentz said. “He hasn’t really gone full speed, yet.”

King has shown good and bad flashes, but is part of a secondary that has steadily improved, helping hold opposing quarterbacks to a 51.7 completion percentage, with eight touchdowns as eight interceptions.

Ferentz said he would wait until later this week to determine Lomax’s availability.

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