Louisville's Holliman Named Jim Thorpe Award Winner

Sophomore earns award for best defensive back

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (GoCards.com) - University of Louisville sophomore strong safety Gerod Holliman was presented the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's outstanding college defensive back on Thursday night at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

He is the first Louisville player to receive the prestigious award and the first Cardinal to receive an individual award since Art Carmody won the 2006 Lou Groza Award. Elvis Dumervil won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's best defensive player in 2005.

Holliman, a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award and recent recipient of first team All-ACC accolades, tied an NCAA record for interceptions in a season with 14 after recording one in the fourth quarter of a 44-40 win over Kentucky on Nov. 29.

A native of Miami, Fla., Holliman registered interceptions in nine of 12 games and had multiple picks four times. He tied a school record when he intercepted three passes versus Boston College on Nov. 8.