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Jim Thorpe Award

Jim Thorpe Award
Awarded for the top defensive back in college football
Country United States
Presented by Jim Thorpe Association
First awarded 1986
Currently held by Gerod Holliman, Louisville
Official website

The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Year Player School
1986 Thomas Everett Baylor
1987 (tie) Bennie Blades Miami (FL)
Rickey Dixon Oklahoma
1988 Deion Sanders Florida State
1989 Mark Carrier USC
1990 Darryll Lewis Arizona
1991 Terrell Buckley Florida State
1992 Deon Figures Colorado
1993 Antonio Langham Alabama
1994 Chris Hudson Colorado
1995 Greg Myers Colorado State
1996 Lawrence Wright Florida
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan
1998 Antoine Winfield Ohio State
1999 Tyrone Carter Minnesota
2000 Jamar Fletcher Wisconsin
2001 Roy Williams Oklahoma
2002 Terence Newman Kansas State
2003 Derrick Strait Oklahoma
2004 Carlos Rogers Auburn
2005 Michael Huff Texas
2006 Aaron Ross Texas
2007 Antoine Cason Arizona
2008 Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State
2009 Eric Berry Tennessee
2010 Patrick Peterson LSU
2011 Morris Claiborne LSU
2012 Johnthan Banks Mississippi State
2013 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State
2014 Gerod Holliman Louisville


  • In 1996, the Jim Thorpe Association had to re-vote on the eve of granting the award after Chris Canty from Kansas State University withdrew his name from consideration.

External links

  • Official website

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