J.R. Reed named to 2019 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
UGA senior defensive back J.R. Reed has been named to the 2019 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.”
Reed was also named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List last season. The trophy was ultimately awarded to his teammate, Deandre Baker.
30-50 student-athletes are named to the list annually by a screening committee and others are added as the season progresses. 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. 12, 2019, on ESPN.
This season, 35 student-athletes were named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. Here is the breakdown by conference: AAC (4), ACC (4), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (4), C-USA (5), IND (1), MAC (5), Mountain West (4), Pac-12 (4), SEC (5), and Sun Belt (6).
J.R. Reed hails from from Frisco, Texas. He played in all 14 games last season and recorded 66 total tackles (38 solo, 28 assisted), two interceptions, and one sack.
The Georgia Bulldogs open the 2019 season with an SEC road game at the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 7:30pm ET.