The Jim Thorpe Award 2016 watch list announced today includes 39 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing ten conferences and includes the 2015 winner, Desmond King.
The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled not only as a running back, passer, and kicker on the offensive side of the ball; but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compiles a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8, 2016 on ESPN.
The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Oklahoma.
The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 722 years of tradition-selection excellence.
|2016 Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List|
|Tony Annese||Central Michigan||Sr.|
|Bobby Baker||Georgia State||Sr.|
|Cody Brown||Arkansas State||Sr.|
|Jeremy Cutrer||Middle Tennessee||Sr.|
|Derwin James||Florida St.||So.|
|Damontae Kazee||San Diego State||Sr.|
|Roland Ladipo||Air Force||Sr.|
|Shawun Lurry||Northern Illinois||Jr.|
|Demetrius Monday||Kent State||Jr.|
|Jeremy Reaves||South Alabama||Jr.|
|Weston Steelhammer||Air Force||Sr.|
|Jordan Sterns||Oklahoma State||Sr.|
|Xavier Woods||Louisiana Tech||Sr.|
By Conference: AAC (4), ACC (4), BIG TEN (4), BIG 12 (2), C-USA (2), MAC (5), MW (4), PAC 12 (6), SEC (5), Sun Belt (3)
The Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the Best Defensive Back in College Football by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.