Darqueze DennardDefensive Back | Michigan State
Dennard broke the SEC's streak of four straight Jim Thorpe winners by taking home the award for the nation's top DB last week. He also is the first from Michigan State to win the award. Dennard finished the season with 59 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 4 interceptions and 5 quarterback hurries. Those numbers probably could've been higher, but teams often elected to not even throw in his direction, which earned him the nickname "No Fly Zone." He also won the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, and was named to the Walter Camp All-America team.
-- Chantel Jennings