Johnson Named Thorpe Award Semifinalist – Texas A&M Athletics
Rachel Perreault, Texas A&M Athletics Communications
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma– Texas A&M football Antonio Johnson was named a semifinalist for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, announced Monday afternoon by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Johnson is one of the elite tacklers in the SEC and a veteran leader in Aggie high school. A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, the A&M is up to date in tackles this season with 48 takedowns this year and has four double-digit tackle games in his career. He has started every game he has played in the past two seasons and has been named a First Team Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp and Sporting News while also earning a spot on the watchlists the Thorpe Award, which has earned Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award.
The finalists for the award will be announced during a special presentation hosted by ESPN on Tuesday, November 29thth. The winner will be announced on Thursday December 8ththlive on The Home Depot College Football Awards. The honoree is selected from the three finalists by Paycom’s Jim Thorpe Award National Selection Committee, which includes members of the NCFAA, an internal awards committee of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, past recipients of Paycom’s Jim Thorpe Award, and sportswriters and college football journalists throughout the country.
The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is given to college football’s top defenseman based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. Established in 1986, the award is named after the greatest all-around athlete in history, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer, and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also excelled as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the soccer field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top college sports awards.