The official Watch List for the 2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award was released on Monday. The award is annually given to the best defensive back in college football.
Congratulations to these 35 defensive backs on our 2022 @Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watchlist!
— Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (@jimthorpeaward) July 25, 2022
Four former All-American Bowl athletes were named to the watch list.
- Ronnie Hickman (Ohio State)
- Kelee Ringo (Georgia)
- Cam Smith (South Carolina)
- Antonio Johnson (Texas A&M)
Watch the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, January 7, 2023, 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 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: 533 draft picks; 86 Super Bowl champions; 193 Pro Bowl selections; 16 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