Mike Edwards Named to Paycom Jim Thorpe Watch List

07/14/2017 10:30 AM

Junior safety Mike Edwards has been named to the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list. The annual award is given to the best defensive back in college football based on play on the field, athletic ability and character.

Edwards had a breakout sophomore season in 2016. He led all SEC defensive backs in tackles with 100. His 100 tackles ranked second on the team behind linebacker Jordan Jones (109 tackles).

Edwards was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press after his play last season. He was a third-team All-SEC selection by Athlon and Phil Steele.

The Thorpe Award Winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards on December 7, 2017 on ESPN.

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