Making the move to free safety as a senior, he was second on the team in total tackles with 51 solos and 51 assists.
He intercepted three passes as a senior, returning them for 66 yards. He deflected six passes and recovered a fumble as a senior.
Thorpe started 40 games for the Tigers after coming to Auburn as an Under Armour All-American from Tucker, Ga., High School. He was known as Neiko Lipscomb as a high school standout before changing his name as a student at Auburn.
In 2008 he played in 11 games with one start at cornerback and made 20 solo tackles with nine assists, six pass deflections and two interceptions while earning Freshman All-SEC honors.
In 2009 he became a full-time starter and finished the season with 56 solo tackles, 28 assists, 11 pass deflections and two interceptions. He returned a blocked field goal 69 yards for a touchdown vs. Kentucky.
Neiko Thorpe played in 51 games for the Tigers.
In the Outback Bowl following the 2009 season, he finished the game with game-leading14 tackles, including a stop on the final play of the game to preserve the victory for the Tigers in overtime.
On the national championship team in 2010 the cornerback was third on the defense in tackles. He made 45 solo stops with 19 assists and nine deflected passes.