This honor may surprise some Nittany Lion fans considering King was thought of by many, including Parade Magazine, as the best defensive back prospect in the nation. A position which he played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Although the 6-foot, 182 pound standout pulled down 30 tackles and returned five of seven interceptions for touchdowns this past season at cornerback, the Big 33 selection committee was apparently more impressed with the fact that the Gateway star rushed for 1900 yards and scored 33 TDs this season on offense at running back.
King, who is currently enrolled at Penn State, has reportedly not disappointed during his brief time in Blue and White. Recently he ran a hand-timed 4.30 second forty yard dash and has had his speed described as "amazing" and "consistent" by observers.
Sean Lee: Defensive Player of the Year
Lee, a 6-foot-3, 217 pound, 4.55/40 running back/defensive back from Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair), Pa played on both sides of the ball too this season, carrying rushing stats were 187 carries 1,240 yards and 21 touchdowns, a 6.6 yards per carry average, and has scoring 16 touchdowns this past season.
Yet, his offensive numbers were not what stuck in the selection committee's collective head. Sean's head coach, Jim Render, talked about his defensive skills, saying, "They [colleges recruiting Sean] like him as an outside linebacker and you can understand why. You look at him now and you can see him easily being 6-3 1/2 and 235 pounds."
His performance this season on both sides of the ball were a big reasn why he is a two-time All-Conference football selection, and was also named as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 30 Best PA Football Players for 2004 along with his future teammate and fellow honoree Justin King.