Proven senior cornerback who combines with fellow veterans A.J. Kincade and Calvin Washington to give MU one of the more experienced secondaries in the Big 12 Conference ... Has played in 34 games, and has 15 career starts under his belt, the most of any returning Tiger cornerback ... Enters the spring season listed No. 1 on the depth chart at one corner position, after a solid junior season.
Returned to playing corner after a redshirt season in 2003, and having played safety in 2002 ... Had a very solid year as a playmaker, as he tied for the team in takeaways, with 4 total (2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries) ... Also led the team in passes broken up, with a career-high 7 on the season ... Played extensively in all 11 games, and made 8 starts ... Had a huge game against Colorado early in the season, when he registered a career-high 12 tackles, including 9 solo stops ... Also added 1 tackle for loss (2 yards) and an interception and a pass broken up on the day as MU's defense held the eventual North Division champs to just 9 points in the Tigers' 17-9 victory ... Got his first career interception in game #2 at Troy, and also broke up a total of 2 passes on the evening ... Had a big night at Baylor, playing in his home state of Texas, as he broke up a career-high 3 passes and added 2 tackles in MU's 30-10 win in Waco ... Closed the season by coming off the bench with a solid 4-tackle outing at Iowa State ... Played safety in 2002, but made the move to cornerback for the 2004 season ... Emerged from the spring practice period listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at one corner spot ... Closed out spring practice by notching 1 sack for 7 yards in the Black and Gold Game.
Was able to take a redshirt season in order to continue to mature physically ... Was named scout team MVP for his work in practice leading up to the Iowa State game.
Got his first true experience in the secondary as a sophomore, and had a solid season despite his relative inexperience ... Played in all 12 games, starting 7 contests at the free safety position, including the first 5 and the last 2 games of the year ... Ended the year with 48 tackles, including 37 of the solo variety ... Ranked 4th on the squad with 4 passes broken up ... Was named the starter for MU's opener vs. Illinois, and responded with 5 tackles and one pass broken up ... Followed up with a 3-tackle, 2-PBU performance the next week vs. Ball State, and also forced one Cardinal fumble ... Earned team defensive co-player of the week honor for his play against Ball State ... Came off the bench in games 6 through 10, but returned to starting lineup for the final 2 games ... Ended the season by turning in a career-best 10 tackles against Kansas State, including 8 solo stops.
Talented young defensive back who played in every game on special teams as a true freshman ... Was one of only 4 true freshmen to see the field during the season (with Thomson Omboga, Tyrone Roberson and Calvin Washington the others) ... An excellent cover man and good tackler who made great strides during the season at cornerback ... Improved his size and strength in the Tigers' strength and conditioning program.
One of the top recruits in Gary Pinkel's first class at Mizzou ... Rated as the one of the top 60 defensive backs in the nation ... A three-year starter who was tabbed the team MVP his senior year ... First-team all-district selection and was a second-team all-district punter ... Doubled as the team's quarterback ... Posted 13 career interceptions ... A tremendous tackler and a hard-hitter ... Registered 179 career tackles and 30 forced fumbles ... Threw for 649 yards (39-of-90) and 5 TDs his senior year ... Rushed for 300 yards on 35 carries ... As a junior, completed 20-of-50 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs ... Rushed for 302 yards and two TDs ... A track star his freshman year, who qualified for the Junior Olympics and finished 13th in the triple jump.
Studying hotel and restaurant management ... High school coach - Mike Farda ... Son of Fernando King and Beverly Blackmon ... Born March 24, 1982.
KING CAREER STATISTICS
Tackles Fumbles G-GS Solo Asst. Total PBU Int.-Yds. FF-FR 2001 11-0 1 1 2 0 0-0 0-0 2002 12-7 37 11 48 4 0-0 1-0 2003 Redshirted - DNP 2004 11-8 27 6 33 7 2-1 0-2 Totals 34-15 65 18 83 11 2-1 1-2
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