Georgia Bulldogs senior safety Dominick Sanders has been named to the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) have announced.
The Jim Thorpe Award is an annual award presented “to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.”
30-50 student-athletes are named to the list annually by a screening committee. Three finalists will be announced at a later date, and the winner will be selected and announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on ESPN.
This season, 45 student-athletes were named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. Here is the breakdown by conference: AAC (3), ACC (7), Big Ten (5), Big 12 (5), C-USA (4), MAC (3), MW (2), Pac-12 (6),
SEC (7), Sun Belt (3).
Dominick Sanders, who hails from from Tucker, Georgia, had 34 total tackles for the Bulldogs in 2016 (23 solo, 11 assisted). He also had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.