Askew-Henry named to Paycom Thorpe Award watch list

Askew-Henry named to Paycom Thorpe Award watch list

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Askew-Henry named to Paycom Thorpe Award watch list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University football redshirt senior safety Dravon Askew-Henry was named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List as announced today by the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. It is awarded to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe.  Thorpe excelled not only as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back.  In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

Askew-Henry started all 39 games during his three years at West Virginia. As a redshirt junior in 2017, he was the Mountaineers fourth-leading tackler with 57 tackles, including 42 assisted, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception and four pass breakups.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compiles a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses.  The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan on Thursday, December 6, 2018, on ESPN.

The 2018 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watchlist
(Other defensive backs will be added as their season performance progresses)

Dravon Askew-Henry, Sr. West Virginia
DeAndre Baker, Sr. Georgia
Kris Boyd, Sr. Texas
Blace Brown, Sr. Troy
Kyron Brown, Sr. Akron
T.J. Carter, So. Memphis
Justin Clifton, Sr. Arkansas State
Lukas Denis, Sr. Boston College
D’Cota Dixon, Sr. Wisconsin
David Dowell, Jr. Michigan State
Clifton Duck, Jr. Appalachian State
Mike Edwards, Sr. Kentucky
Jordan Fuller, Jr. Ohio State
Kyle Gibson, Sr. Central Florida
Mark Gilbert, Jr. Duke
Malik Grant, Jr. Marshall
Lavert Hill, Jr. Michigan
Javon Hagan, Jr. Ohio
Tyler Horton, Sr. Boise State
Michael Jackson, Sr. Miami-Fla.
Jah’Shawn Johnson, Sr. Texas Tech
Jaquan Johnson, Sr. Miami-Fla.
Shelton Lewis, Sr. Florida Atlantic
Julian Love, Jr. Notre Dame
Iman Marshall, Sr. USC
Byron Murphy, So. Washington
Kekoa Nawahine, Jr. Boise State
Delvon Randall, Sr. Temple
Taylor Rapp, Jr. Washington
J.R. Reed, Jr. Georgia
Amik Robertson, So. Louisiana Tech
Marvell Tell III, Sr. USC
Greedy Williams, So. LSU
Andrew Wingard, Sr. Wyoming
Jalen Young, Sr. Florida Atlantic

Press Release Credit: Mike Montoro- WVU Sports Communications

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS


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