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Eric King

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 189 | College: Wake Forest
 
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Overview

Positives … Has a small frame, but shows good muscle definition … Durable athlete who missed only one game during his career due to injuries … Well respected leader who does the little extras to succeed … Has very good overall speed and foot agility … Has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its highest point and make the interception … Best when playing in zone coverage, as he makes plays in front of him and shows a quick break on the ball …

Quick to recognize route progressions and has excellent range.

Negatives … Frame has reached maximum growth potential … Has good field smarts, but just gets by in school … Has marginal man coverage skills (see 2004 Clemson game vs. Airese Currie), as he takes extra steps in transition and is slow to turn and come out of his backpedal … Because of this, receivers can out-run him, negating his foot speed … Not very physical working near the line and will not explode behind his tackles … Lacks desire to support vs. the run … More of a shoestring type of tackler, lacking wrap-up technique.

2004 Season

Became the first Wake Forest defensive back to earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors since 1987 … Also named MVP by a vote of his teammates … Led the league in passes defended with 18 (1.5 per game) … Also ranked tied for fourth in fumbles recovered with three … Finished sixth on the team with 59 tackles (49 solos) and a stop for a 1-yard loss … Had fifteen pass break-ups and three interceptions for 27 yards in returns.

2003 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Totaled eight solo tackles and a pass breakup at Boston College … recorded four tackles, two key pass break-ups and an interception in the victory over North Carolina State … his first pass deflection of the day came on a 3rd-and-goal play from Wake Forest's six-yard line, forcing NC State to settle for a field goal … acrobatic third-quarter interception led to a Deacon field goal … perhaps his biggest play of the game was another pass break-up in the fourth quarter, when NC state, trailing 31-17, faced a 4th-and-30 play from the WFU 31 … the change in possession led to Wake Forest's final touchdown drive of the day which sealed the Deacon victory … recorded seven solo tackles, two pass break-ups and forced a fumble vs. Purdue … had a 42-yard interception return to go along with a fumble recovery vs. East Carolina … also had two solo tackles and a pass deflection vs. the Pirates … led all players with 11 tackles, and set a career-high with ten solo stops vs. Virginia … also forced two Cavalier fumbles … came up with four tackles, one TFL, and two pass deflections vs. Georgia Tech … had a pass break-up and 42-yard fumble recovery to go along with two tackles at Duke … had three tackles and a game-high four pass deflection at Florida State … had an 85-yard interception return for a TD (second-longest in school history) to go along with a pass break-up and six tackles vs. Clemson … recorded six tackles at North Carolina … also returned six kickoffs for a total of 104 yards vs. the Tar Heels … exited the game with a shoulder injury and did not record any stats vs. Connecticut … was WFU's third-leading tackler with five solo tackles and a pass break-up vs. Maryland.

2003 Season

An honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection … One of seven Deacon defenders to start every game in 2002 … Finished fifth on the team with 63 tackles (51 solos) and recorded a team-best seven pass break-ups … Also had two stops for losses of 5 yards and two fumble recoveries … Tied a team-high with three interceptions … Played a role in five opponent turnovers.

2002 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance vs. East Carolina, recording two interceptions and forcing a Pirate fumble … also had three tackles (two solo) and a pass break-up … recorded one tackle-for-loss (-3 yards) at North Carolina State … also tallied seven tackles vs. the Wolfpack, including six solo stops … led the secondary and was the team's second-leading tackler with seven solo stops at Purdue … also credited with one forced fumble and a pass break-up vs. the Boilermakers … the team's second-leading tackler vs. Virginia with five stops (four solo) and a pass break-up … recorded his third interception of the season, returning the ball for 16 yards at Georgia Tech … also totaled five solo stops in the win over the Yellow Jackets … credited with five tackles in the win over Duke, including four solos … caught the ball on a blocked field goal attempt and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown vs. Duke -- WFU's longest play of the season which also tied as the eighth-longest scoring play in school history … recorded four tackles, including three solo stops, at Clemson … had five tackles, including three solo efforts, and two pass break-ups vs. North Carolina … recorded a career-high 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a PBU vs. Florida State … contributed four tackles and a pass break-up at Maryland … had three tackles, including a TFL (-2 yards) vs. Oregon in the Seattle Bowl.

2002 Season

Named to The Sporting News ACC All-Freshman team … Saw action in all 11 games … Earned a starting role by midseason and started the final seven contests of the year at cornerback … Totaled 55 tackles (46 solos), which ranked seventh on the team … Had two stops for losses of 3 yards, a fumble recovery and six pass deflections.

2001 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Had one solo tackle and deflected a pass in the season opener at East Carolina … had one assisted tackle vs. Appalachian State … totaled four stops vs. Maryland … had five tackles, all solo, and a pass breakup at Florida State … broke out for 10 tackles (eight solo), two tackles-for-loss (-2 yards) and a pass break-up vs. North Carolina State … posted four solo tackles vs. Duke … had two tackles and two pass breakups vs. Clemson … also recovered a fumble vs. the Tigers … totaled six solo tackles at Virginia … matched that number the next week at North Carolina … also had a tackle for loss vs. the Tar Heels … had a career-best day vs. Georgia Tech … totaled 11 tackles (nine solo), forced and recovered a fumble on a Yellow Jacket punt return, and recorded a pass break-up … had five tackles (four solo) vs. Northern Illinois.

Injury Report

1998: Underwent right shoulder surgery in August.

2004: Missed the Miami game with a left hamstring pull.

2005: Could not complete the agility tests at the Combines when his left hamstring tightened.

Track

Majoring in Communications … son of Eric King, Sr. and Deborah Murray … father, Eric, played professional basketball in Venezuela … first got into sports by playing soccer … chose Wake Forest because of its "great education and athletic program -- the best of both worlds." … Born 5/10/82 in Baltimore, Maryland … Resides in Woodstock, Maryland.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … 300-pound bench press … 440-pound squat … 330-pound hang clean … 4.18 20-yard shuttle … 11.36 60-yard shuttle … 6.92 three-cone drill … 38-inch vertical jump … 10'6" broad jump … Right-handed … 18/33 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 2.66 20-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 31-inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … 19 Wonderlic score.

Personal

A multi-sport standout at the McDonogh (Woodstock, Md.) High School … played defensive back for the Eagles, earning first-team all-state, all-metro and all-county honors … tallied over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns … also had five interceptions and 45 tackles … was a part of six conference championship teams -- three in football and three in basketball … also competed in track and field … was the private school champion in both the 100 meters and long jump … excelled in the classroom as well, appearing on the Honor Roll.

 
 

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