Winners of the Jim Thorpe Trophy for the nation's best defensive back, presented by the College Football Writers Association of America:
2012-Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
2011-Morris Claiborne, LSU
2010-Patrick Peterson, LSU
2009-Eric Berry, Tennessee
2008-Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
2007-Antoine Cason, Arizona
2006-Aaron Ross, Texas
2005-Michael Huff, Texas
2004-Carlos Rogers, Auburn
2003-Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
2002-Terence Newman, Kansas State
2001-Roy Williams, Oklahoma
2000-Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
1999-Tyrone Carter, Minnesota
1998-Antoine Winfield, Ohio State
1997-Charles Woodson, Michigan
1996-Lawrence Wright, Florida
1995-Greg Myers, Colorado State
1994-Chris Hudson, Colorado
1993-Antonio Langham, Albama
1992-Deon Figures, Colorado
1991-Terrell Buckley, Florida State
1990-Darryll Lewis, Arizona
1989-Mark Carrier, Southern California
1988-Deion Sanders, Florida State
1987-Bennie Blades, Miami and Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma
1986-Thomas Everett, Baylor

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