Dante King

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Dante King
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King in 2042
No. 43 – Prospect
Personal information
Born: (2022-07-31)July 31, 2022 (aged 25)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:De La Salle
College:Stanford University
Career history
Roster status:Active

Dante King (born July 31, 2022) is an American football runningback who is currently preparing to enter the professional ranks.He played college football for Stanford University and has declared his intent to enter the professional ranks next season.

Early years

Dante King was born in San Francisco, California on July 31st, 2021. As a young boy, he displayed exceptional athletic potential despite being undersized compared to the rest of his peers, displaying speed and agility that made him a standout in his youth sports leagues. A lifelong Golden State Warriors fan, King's first love was on the basketball court and he could frequently be found on local blacktops participating in pickup games while he was supposed to be attending school. As he got older, it became clear that Dante had some special talent that could make sports a viable path forward for college, if not beyond. However, it soon became apparent that his height would only continue to be more and more of a limitation, so he turned his attention towards the gridiron.

As a freshman at Mission High School in San Francisco, Dante immediately caught his the attention of his coaches and was promoted to the varsity team, where he played as a backup at various positions including running back, wide receiver, and cornerback, as well as a special teams starter at returner and gunner. Despite being on track to put up superstar numbers throughout his career, Dante's parents realized that he would have a better shot at realizing his professional dreams if he had more exposure on a national stage. Prior to his sophomore year, his parents moved him across the bay to enroll at De La Salle High School in Concord, a powerhouse team that had finished in the top 25 rankings nationally for the past eight years. Even surrounded by better athletes than he had been before, Dante stood out. He transitioned away from defensive play and was named a starting wide receiver, finishing the season as the team's third-leading receiver. Over his junior and senior seasons, Dante's role increased to the point where he received the bulk of the team's offensive touches as a running back, receiver, and Wildcat quarterback and served as its primary kick and punt returner. His senior season, he led the state with 2,612 yards from scrimmage, becoming the first player in California history to record more than 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season while leading the Spartans to the state championship and a #3 ranking nationally. In recognition of his contribution, he was named California Mr. Football.

Dante was ranked as a five-star recruit, the #2 player in the state of California, and the #14 prospect nationally. He had offers from virtually every major program but expressed an interest in staying in the state, ultimately narrowing his final options to USC, UCLA, Cal, and Stanford. He opted to join the Cardinal, citing its proximity to home and the coaching staff's vision to make him an all-purpose star like school alumni and NFL Hall of Famer Christian McCaffrey.

College career

While Dante got up to speed with the collegiate game, he was once again deployed in reserve capacity as a rusher, receiver, and returner. During his freshman season, he topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage and double-digit touchdowns on relatively limited touches, leading the team in both per-carry and per-reception average. With the departure of Stanford's star wide receiver prior to King's sophomore season, the team opted to play him primarily as a pass catcher lining up in the slot, where his agility would be an asset and his small size would be less of a detriment. He led the team in receiving yards and finished as a second-team All-Pac 12 selection. Prior to his junior season, Stanford faced a challenging outlook with the departure of its four-year starting running back and quarterback. It became apparent that the offense would run through King. When asked about his plans for Dante during preseason practices, his coach replied "Yeah, I'll just tell you all now, he's going to be getting the ball. Let's see if they can stop him." They couldn't. With by far the highest volume of his career, Dante was a one-man wrecking crew out of the backfield and out wide. He became the first player in FBS history to record 3,000 scrimmage yards and was awarded the Heisman trophy after leading the Cardinal to a playoff berth and #3 final ranking.

Dante announced that he would be forgoing his senior season at Stanford to enter the Developmental Simulation Football League draft, where he was slated to be a mid-round pick because of his focus on getting the the International Simulation Football League as quickly as possible. "I know what I can do, and no offense to these minor league teams but I have my sights set on the Hall of Fame. I'm going to go get mine." Dante graduated from Stanford with a degree in Sociology.

College career statistics

Career statistics Rushing Receiving
Season Team Games Att Yards Avg Lg TD Rec Yards Avg Lg TD
2041 Stanford 11 55 595 10.8 72 7 46 605 13.2 64 9
2042 Stanford 11 15 135 9.0 35 2 87 967 11.1 47 11
2043 Stanford 14 352 2213 6.3 89 21 77 1163 15.1 78 10

Professional career

DSFL career

Prior to the DSFL draft, Dante received an opportunity to join the Norfolk Seawolves for the remainder of their season after his graduation. In two games, he recorded 77 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 6 in
(1.68 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)

Professional career statistics

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