CLEVELAND, Ohio – After making several key plays in No. 11 Arkansas’ 24-17 win over Texas A&M, Tramain Thomas (Winnie, TX) has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.
Thomas had a season-high seven tackles along with an interception, one fumble recovery, a pass deflection and a half-tackle for a loss. His fumble recovery came in the second quarter with Arkansas holding a 14-7 lead, and his interception in the end zone as time expired sealed the victory for the Razorbacks. Thomas helped the Arkansas defense hold Texas A&M to 186 yards below its season average and held Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson to just 212 passing yards on 15-of-40 passing.
The Jim Thorpe Award is one of college football’s most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend", Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The candidates for the award are selected by a "screening committee" of Jim Thorpe Association members who follow several players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists, and the names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner.
The presentation of Jim Thorpe Award will be featured on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show’s dedicated Web site at http://www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.