Campus News

Senior named UGA’s first recipient of Paycom Jim Thorpe Award

Georgia senior Deandre Baker is the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.

In addition, Baker was included on the 2018 Walter Camp All-America Team, giving the Bulldogs two players on the First Team in as many years (Roquan Smith, 2017). Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield since Bacarri Rambo in 2011 and the first Georgia defensive back to receive the Walter Camp designation since Greg Blue and Thomas Davis garnered the honor back to back in 2004-05.

In addition, sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas earned Walter Camp Second-Team All-America honors after being named a Freshman All-American by several outlets in 2017.

Baker will be honored Feb. 5 at a Thorpe Award banquet in Oklahoma City.