Four-year starter ... Played in all 46 career games, with 43 starts ... Started 43 of last 44 games (did not start vs. Iowa in 2001 -- due to ankle injury -- but did play) ... Called "the best offensive player at Northwestern the past three years" by head coach Randy Walker.
All-Big Ten honorable-mention selection ... Verizon Academic All-District first-team and Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Co-captain ... Ranked the nations No. 4 center by The Sporting News in its preseason magazine ... FWAA All-America Watch List ... Rimington Award candidate ... NUs National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete nominee ... Accepted an invitation to the Hula Bowl Maui All-Star game early in the season ... Led NU with 10 "championship-game" performances in 12 contests (team award given by coaching staff) ... Earned second consecutive Wildcat Warrior Award (work ethic, toughness, etc.)
2001: An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches ... Earned second consecutive Wildcat Warrior Award (work ethic, toughness, etc.) ... Consistently performed at a championship-level each week ... One of four offensive linemen who earned preseason and/or postseason honors ... Started 29 career games before the streak ended against Iowa ... Played against the Hawkeyes but missed start due to an ankle injury ... Played in first two games his freshman season before moving into the starting role at center ... Team leader in knockdowns ... Verizon Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Turned in six Offensive Championship game performances.
2000: Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and coaches
Started all 12 games at center
Has started the last 21 games at center
In five games, graded out at better than 80 percent
Graded out at a season-high 86 percent with 14 knockdowns and three pins at Wisconsin
Had 16 knockdowns and three pins vs. Michigan
Graded out at a team-high 79 percent for the season with 130 knockdown blocks and 21 pins
Led the team in knockdowns ... Won the Wildcat Warrior Award
Academic All-Big Ten.
1999: Named Football News Second-Team Freshman All-American
Saw action in all 11 games as a true freshman, starting the final nine at center
Best game came at Purdue, where he graded out at 86 percent and tallied 13 knockdowns
Received the Northwestern Gridiron Network Offensive Newcomer Award
Earned championship performance recognition four times, Offensive Player of the Game twice, and Big Playmaker twice.
High School: Named first-team all-state by the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post
First-team all-conference, all-district and all-city
Team captain and team MVP
Teams Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Lineman after his junior and senior seasons
Graded out at 93 percent as a senior on offense
On defense, recorded 67 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and six fumble recoveries
Named second-team all-conference as a junior and honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore
Competed in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game and Big 33 Game
Lettered seven times as a prep (3--football, 2--basketball, 2--baseball)
Deans List seven straight semesters
National Honor Society
High school coach was Tom Stickley.
Personal: Born Austin Patrick King on 4/11/81
Son of Doug and Mary Beth King
Majoring in secondary teaching.
The King File
Q: If you were to select a food that best describes your character, what food would it be?
A: Steak, because it's tough on the outside, soft in the middle, and good all over.
Q: Favorite class?
A: Native American history
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I was the salutatorian of my high school class.
Q: If I was not playing football, I would be...
A: Coaching football or playing baseball