The official Watch List for the 2021 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award was released on Monday. The award is annually given to the best defensive back in college football.
— Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (@jimthorpeaward) July 26, 2021
Nine former All-American Bowl athletes were named to the watch list.
- Chris Steele (USC)
- Eli Ricks (LSU)
- Tiawan Mullen (Indiana)
- Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)
- Trent McDuffie (Washington)
- Chase Lucas (Arizona State)
- Josh Jobe (Alabama)
- Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)
- Bubba Bolden (Miami)
Watch the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The All-American Bowl will be nationally televised, live on NBC at 1:00 PM ET, and will feature the nation’s top 100 high school football players.
As an NBC Sports-owned property, the All-American Bowl is part of a marquee lineup of elite events that includes the Olympics, the NHL, the Premier League, and the number one primetime show since 2011: Sunday Night Football. The All-American Bowl is annually the most-watched, most-talked about, and most-prestigious high school all-star event with more than 4,100,000 unique television viewers and over 20,000 in attendance. The history and tradition of the All-American Bowl is unparalleled: 496 draft picks; 74 Super Bowl champions; 174 Pro Bowl selections; 13 Heisman finalists including, but not limited to: Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey, Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry, DeVonta Smith, and Trevor Lawrence. For more information, visit NBCSports.com/AllAmericanBowl, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@AABonNBC)