Michigan's Jourdan Lewis Named

Jim Thorpe Player of the Week

Week 5

Oklahoma City, OK – Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis has been named the Jim Thorpe Player of the week for week 5.

Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Sr, CB, 5-11 186, Detroit, MI. With the game on the line and Michigan hanging onto a TD lead, Jourdan Lewis made one of the most amazing interceptions that you will ever witness as he helped preserve the win over Wisconsin. Along with the game-clinching interception, Lewis would add 4 tackles and a PBU from his CB position.

Honorable Mention Players for Week Five:

Juan Thornhill, Virginia, So, CB, 6-1 190, Altavista, VA. Juan Thornhill was a big part of the Cavaliers win over Duke last weekend as he recorded a pair of interceptions while adding in 4 tackles and a PBU. Virginia forced 6 Blue Devil turnovers including 5 interceptions for the game.

Marcus Allen, Penn St, Jr, S, 6-2 202, Upper Marlboro, MD. Marcus Allen was all over the field in their victory over Minnesota as he recorded a career-high 22 tackles (8 solo) which was the most by a Penn St player since Paul Posluszny in 2005.

Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, So, S, 6-0 207, Arvada, CO.  Andrew Wingard had an all-around solid effort in their victory over Colorado St as he posted a career-best 17 tackles (10 solo) along with a sack and a tackle for loss. Wyoming would hold the Rams scoreless in the 2nd half while yielding just 134 total yards during the final 2 quarters.

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. ###