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Buffalo drafts Eric King in fifth round

Posted Sunday, April 24, 2005

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Two-Time All-ACC cornerback headed to Bills

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Wake Forest cornerback Eric King was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft on Sunday afternoon. King was chosen by the Buffalo Bills as the 156th overall pick.

King was a two-time All-ACC selection, making the first team as a junior and the second team as a senior. He leaves Wake Forest with 39 career pass break-ups, the second-most in school history.

For his career, he started 42 of 46 games, including a stretch of 41 straight contests. He recorded 217 tackles (175 solos) with two sacks and 11 stops for losses of 47 yards. He returned seven interceptions for 143 yards and deflected 39 passes. He also recovered six fumbles.

As a senior, King started 10 games and led the team with 11 pass break-ups to rank fourth in the ACC in that category. King tied for third on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and tied for second on the team with two sacks. He forced two fumbles to tie for the second in the ACC.

King, a 5-foot-8, 189 pounder, had started 41 straight games for Wake Forest until a hamstring injury kept him out of the Miami game on Nov. 20, 2004. The native of Woodstock, Md., was the first Deacon to earn All-ACC honors in consecutive years since 1991-92 when former Denver Bronco safety George Coghill accomplished the feat. King earned Wake Forest’s Most Outstanding Back award.

King is Wake Forest’s first draft pick since 2003 when Calvin Pace, Ovie Mughelli and Montique Sharpe were taken. Buffalo had not drafted a Wake Forest player since Wayne Wolff in 1961.

Player Bio

Professional Career:
Drafted in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Second team All-ACC... earned Wake Forest's Most Outstanding Back Award... started 10 games at cornerback... had 40 tackles including 29 solo stops... broke up 11 passes including three in the Florida State game... recorded 5.5 tackles for loss... recorded sacks against Florida State and North Carolina... the sack in the Florida State game caused a fumble which was returned for a touchdown... leaves Wake Forest with 39 career pass break-ups to rank second all-time.

Became the first Wake Forest defensive back to earn first-team All-ACC 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 ranks tied for fourth in fumbles forced... finished sixth on the team with 59 tackles, including 49 solo stops and a TFL... also had three interceptions, 15 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on the season... 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 NC State... first PBU 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 against Purdue... had a 42-yard interception return to go along with a fumble recovery against East Carolina... also had two solo tackles and a PBU versus the Pirates... led all players with 11 tackles, and set a career-high with ten solo stops against Virginia... also forced two Cavalier fumbles... came up with four tackles, one TFL, and two PBUs against Georgia Tech... had a PBU and 42-yard fumble recovery to go along with two tackles at Duke... had three tackles and a game-high four PBU at Florida State... had an 85-yard interception return for a TD (second-longest in school history) to go along with a PBU and six tackles against Clemson... recorded six tackles at North Carolina... also returned six kickoffs for a total of 104 yards against the Tar Heels... exited the game with a shoulder injury and did not record any stats against Connecticut... was WFU's third-leading tackler with five solo tackles and a pass break-up against Maryland.

An honorable mention All-ACC selection... one of seven Deacon defenders to start every game in 2002... finished fifth on the team with 63 tackles... recorded a team-best seven pass break-ups... also had two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles... tied a team-high with three interceptions... played a role in five opponent turnovers... named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against 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 NC State... also tallied seven tackles against 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 against the Boilermakers... the team's second-leading tackler against Virginia with five stops (four solo) and a PBU... 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 TD against 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 versus North Carolina... recorded a career-high 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a PBU against Florida State... contributed four tackles and a pass break-up at Maryland... had three tackles, including a TFL (-2 yards) versus Oregon in the Seattle Bowl.

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, which ranked seventh on the team... named to The Sporting News ACC All-Freshman team... had 46 solo stops... also had two tackles-for-loss, six pass break-ups and recovered two fumbles... had one solo tackle and deflected a pass in the season opener at ECU... had one assisted tackle versus Appalachian State... totaled four stops against 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 PBU against NC State... posted four solo tackles against Duke... had two tackles and two pass breakups against Clemson... also recovered a fumble against the Tigers... totaled six solo tackles at Virginia... matched that number the next week at UNC... also had a tackle for loss against the Tar Heels... had a career-best day against Georgia Tech... totaled 11 tackles (nine solo), forced and recovered a fumble on a Yellow Jacket punt return, and recorded a PBU... had five tackles (four solo) against Northern Illinois.

A multi-sport standout at the McDonogh 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.

PersonalMajoring in Communications... born May 10, 1982 in Baltimore, Md.... son of Eric King, Sr. and Deborah Murray... has one brother, Damon Robinson (30)... 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."

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