Jim Thorpe Award

Jim Thorpe Award
Awarded for the top defensive back in college football
Country United States
Presented by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
First awarded 1986
Currently held by Desmond King, Iowa
Official website http://www.oksportshof.org/

The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. It is voted on by the The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, an organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Year Player School Ref
1986 Thomas Everett Baylor
1987 (tie) Bennie Blades Miami (FL)
Rickey Dixon Oklahoma
1988 Deion Sanders Florida State [1]
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
2015 Desmond King Iowa



  1. "Sanders wins Jim Thorpe Award". The Evening News. Associated Press. January 11, 1989. p. 2B. Retrieved September 24, 2016.

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