Oklahoma City, OK – Texas A&M’s Justin Evans has been named the Jim Thorpe Player of the week for week 1.

Justin Evans, Texas A&M, Sr, S, 6-1 200, Wiggins, MS

Now in his 2nd year as a starter for the Aggies, Justin Evans was a key contributor in their OT win over #16 UCLA in Week 1 with 8 tackles and a pair of interceptions off of highly-touted QB Josh Rosen including one late in the 4th quarter that helped force the extra period.

Honorable Mention Players for Week One:

Malik Hooker, Ohio St, Soph, S, 6-2 205, New Castle, PA. In his very first career start, Malik Hooker was a huge part to OSU’s defensive performance against Bowling Green with 4 tackles and a pair of interceptions that included one of the acrobatic variety.

Derwin James, Florida St, Soph, S, 6-3 211, Haines City, FL. Derwin James vindicated some of his preseason All-American hype by having a huge opening game against Ole Miss in which he collected 8 tackles and his first interception of his career.

About the Jim Thorpe Award:

The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe.  Thorpe excelled 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.

The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile 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 on Thursday, December 8, 2016 on ESPN. 

The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK.

The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 722 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

Each week, Phil Steele will be overlooking the candidates issued by the school, the conference and distinguished committee members. After including his own personal input, the player of the week will be announced every Wednesday at www.oksportshof.org and PhilSteele.com. ###



Texas A&M’s Justin Evans Named Jim Thorpe
Player of the Week
Week 1