The SEC is known for its defensive back play, and five players were recognized on Monday’s 2016 Jim Thorpe Award watch list.
The award goes to the nation’s top defensive back each season, and the SEC last claimed the trophy in 2012 when Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks took home the honors.
LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida were all represented on the list.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was that the Gators’ Jalen Tabor was left off the list. Arguably the top defensive backs in the conference, Tabor collected 40 tackles, two interceptions and 14 pass breakups last season, while being named First-Team All-SEC by coaches. Another name off the list was Georgia Dominick Sanders, who finished tied for the most interceptions in the conference last season (6) with Alabama’s Eddie Jackson.
Check it out below:
- Jamal Adams, LSU, Jr.
- Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Sr.
- Marcus Maye, Florida, Sr.
- Cameron Sutton, Tennessee, Sr.
- Tre’Davious White, LSU, Sr.