IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa captains Desmond King and LeShun Daniels grew up in Big Ten country. And though they lived in different states, both had a common enemy growing up: Michigan.
King, an All-American cornerback from Detroit, had no love for the Maize and Blue. He rooted for the state’s other Big Ten squad.
“I wasn’t growing up a big fan of Michigan,” King said. “It’s going to be the second time I’ve played them since I’ve been here so it’s going to be good to go against the home team.”
As for which college team he preferred, King said, “Just State. I liked Michigan State. That was it.”
Daniels’ reasons are more personal. His father, LeShun Daniels Sr., started at right guard for Ohio State from 1994 through 1996. In 1995 and 1996, the Buckeyes entered the season finale against Michigan unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the nation. And both times the Wolverines won, keeping Ohio State from competing for a national title.
“This is really my first crack against them,” said Daniels, who grew up in Warren, Ohio. “Obviously my dad particularly doesn’t like them because his senior year; they had lost to Michigan and that was their only loss they had that season. So obviously it’s going to be big and in my household. I’m excited for the challenge.”
Daniels has 642 rushing yards to rank tied for 10th among Big Ten players.