Jim Thorpe Award
Awarded forthe top defensive back in college football
CountryUnited States
Presented byOklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
History
First award1986
Most recentTrevon Moehrig, TCU (2020)
Websitehttp://www.oksportshof.org

The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport athlete Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. It is voted on by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, the award became sponsored by Paycom and was named the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.[1]

Winners

Year Player School Ref
1986 Thomas Everett Baylor [2]
1987 (tie) Bennie Blades Miami (FL) [3]
Rickey Dixon Oklahoma
1988 Deion Sanders Florida State [4]
1989 Mark Carrier USC [5]
1990 Darryll Lewis Arizona [6]
1991 Terrell Buckley Florida State (2) [7]
1992 Deon Figures Colorado [8]
1993 Antonio Langham Alabama [9]
1994 Chris Hudson Colorado (2) [10]
1995 Greg Myers Colorado State [11]
1996 † Lawrence Wright Florida [12]
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan [13]
1998 Antoine Winfield Ohio State [14]
1999 Tyrone Carter Minnesota [15]
2000 Jamar Fletcher Wisconsin [16]
2001 Roy Williams Oklahoma (2) [17]
2002 Terence Newman Kansas State [18]
2003 Derrick Strait Oklahoma (3) [19]
2004 Carlos Rogers Auburn [9]
2005 Michael Huff Texas [20]
2006 Aaron Ross Texas (2) [21]
2007 Antoine Cason Arizona (2) [22]
2008 Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State (2) [23]
2009 Eric Berry Tennessee [9]
2010 Patrick Peterson LSU [24]
2011 Morris Claiborne LSU (2) [9]
2012 Johnthan Banks Mississippi State [9]
2013 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State [25]
2014 Gerod Holliman Louisville [26]
2015 Desmond King Iowa [27]
2016 Adoree' Jackson USC (2) [28]
2017 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama (2) [29]
2018 Deandre Baker Georgia [30]
2019 Grant Delpit LSU (3) [31]
2020 Trevon Moehrig TCU [32]

† In 1996, finalist Chris Canty of Kansas State University withdrew his name from consideration, which caused a re-vote.[33]

References

General
Footnotes
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