The Jim Thorpe Award is the prize that every great defensive back hopes to win. It was first introduced in 1986 and has been awarded to some of the best defenders in college football history. Players such as Deion Sanders, Roy Williams and Patrick Peterson are part of the elite group to be honored with the award.
Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State won the award last season.
The watch list for this year's award was released on Friday by the Jim Thorpe Association. The list includes 48 of the best defensive backs from across the country. Although an SEC player has won the award in each of the last four seasons, some of the best players to watch are outside of the powerhouse conference this year.