Talk about bouncing back. WVU’s Dravon Askew-Henry has made another award watch list for the 2017 season. The redshirt junior has been named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list, announced by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Museum.
The Jim Thorpe award is given to college football’s best defensive back on and off the field, previously awarded to athletes such as Eric Berry, Malcolm Jenkins and future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson.
After being named to the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list yesterday (awarded to the best defensive player), Askew-Henry is gearing up for a bounce back year. After missing the 2016 season, the anticipation is continuously building for the return of the Mountaineers leader in the secondary. In his sophomore year, the Pennsylvania native had 59 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups.
Askew-Henry is in the company of the nation’s top 30-50 defensive backs in college. The list will be narrowed down and added to throughout the season until three finalist are named before the College Football Awards in December.