Oklahoma City, OK – Pittsburgh’s Ryan Lewis has been named the Jim Thorpe Player of the week for week 2.

Ryan Lewis, Pittsburgh, Sr, CB, 6-0 200, Seattle, WA With the game very much in doubt and Pittsburgh clinging to a 3 point lead, CB Ryan Lewis intercepted a late Penn State pass in the endzone to preserve the victory. Along with his game-winning interception, Lewis would add 9 tackles (all solo).

Honorable Mention Players for Week Two:

Mike Tyson, Cincinnati, Sr, S, 6-2 201, Norfolk, VA. In their 38-20 victory at Purdue, Mike Tyson was able to tie the American Athletic Conference record with a trio of interceptions. Tyson also added a pair of tackles and a tackle for loss in the win.

Alohi Gilman, Navy, Fr, S, 6-0 200, Laie, HI. Gilman was all over the field in Navy’s 28-24 win over Connecticut as he posted a team-high 10 tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries that included one that he returned for a touchdown.

Josh Cox, Central Michigan, Jr, CB/S, 5-11 190, Warren, MI. Josh Cox played a huge part in Central Michigan’s 30-27 upset at #22 Oklahoma State as he collected 9 tackles (7 solo) and a 4th quarter interception in the endzone.

Nathan Gerry, Nebraska, Sr, S, 6-2 220, Sioux Falls, SD. Nathan Gerry’s 4th quarter performance in which he intercepted a pair of Wyoming passes was key to them pulling away late. Along with the interceptions, Gerry also led the team with 7 tackles that included one for a loss.

Orion Stewart, Baylor, Sr, S, 6-2 205, Waco, TX. Orion Stewart led the Baylor defense with a pair of interceptions (one returned for a TD) along with 8 tackles (5 solo) in their 40-13 victory over SMU.

Malik Hooker, Ohio St, Soph, S, 6-2 205, New Castle, PA.  Malik Hooker played an intricate part in the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against Tulsa last weekend. In their victory he posted 4 tackles, a pass broken up and a huge 26 yard interception return for a touchdown just prior to halftime. Hooker also received honorable mention in week one.

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. ###



Pittsburgh's Ryan Lewis Named Jim Thorpe
Player of the Week
Week 2