PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD
2008 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State University
Malcolm Jenkins played high school football at Piscataway Township High School in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. He helped his team to three consecutive state championships. He played both wide receiver and defensive back, and excelled at track and field, winning the state title in the 400 meters as a junior.
Following high school Jenkins attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship. His freshman season at Ohio State Jenkins spent most of his time at nickel back. He finished the season with 37 tackles in 10 games. In 2006 he started all 13 games at corner and was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten. He finished his sophomore season with 55 tackles and four interceptions. As a junior in 2007 Jenkins recorded 47 tackles and four interceptions and was named a first team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and a first team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year. As a senior in 2008 he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.
Malcolm Jenkins was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was moved from corner back to free safety before the 2010 season, and has excelled at safety for the Saints through the 2011 season.