The Thorpe Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive back. It is named after Jim Thorpe, a great all-around athlete who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense and as a defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as "The Legend," Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
Irons was an Associated Press All-SEC second-team selection in 2005 after leading the team and ranking third in the SEC with 11 pass deflections. He played in and started 11 games, finishing with 48 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. Irons had a career-high 11 tackles in the 2006 Capital One Bowl vs. Wisconsin.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, telecast from Disney World on December 7. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 7.