The Paycom
Jim Thorpe

One of the most coveted honors in college football, the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the best defensive back in collegiate athletics, based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.


Congratulations to the 2019 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalists:
  • Luq Barcoo, San Diego State, Sr.
  • Essang Bassey, Wake Forest, Sr.
  • Douglas Coleman III, Texas Tech, Sr.
  • Grant Delpit, LSU, Jr.
  • Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame, Sr.
  • AJ Green, Oklahoma State, Sr. *Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Fan Vote Winner*
  • CJ Henderson, Florida, Jr.
  • Jevon Holland, Oregon, So.
  • Xavier McKinney, Alabama, Jr.
  • Tanner Muse, Clemson, *Gr.
  • Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State, Jr.
  • JR Reed, Georgia, Sr.
  • Elijah Riley, Army, Sr.
  • Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech, Jr


Given annually to college football’s top defensive back, the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is one of the National College Football Awards Association’s most coveted honors. Established in 1986, the award recognizes performance on the field, athletic ability and character, in accordance with its namesake.

A native Oklahoman who excelled in several sports, Thorpe garnered many accolades, including two Olympic gold medals in track and field. During his football career, Thorpe played running back, punter and placekicker, but shined as a defensive back. One of the most versatile athletes in sports history, he was named the “greatest athlete” of the first half of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

As an Oklahoma company that celebrates innovation, Paycom is a proud sponsor of the Jim Thorpe Award, named for one of our state’s true trailblazers.

Past Winners

2018: Deandre Baker, Georgia