Holliman named top defensive back

University of Louisville safety Gerod Holliman collected some hardware in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday night, winning the Jack Tatum Award as the nation's top defensive back. Holliman was also a finalist - but didn't win - the Bronco Nagurski Awards as the top defender.

University of Louisville safety Gerod Holliman is collecting some hardware after his record-breaking, sensational season with the Cardinals.

Holliman, who is tied with Al Worley (1968, Washington) for the most interceptions in a single season, was honored on Monday night with the Jack Tatum Award as the nation's top defensive back by the Columbus Touchdown Club.

After earning first-team All-ACC honors last week, Holliman was also a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player. He didn't win that award, which went to Arizona's Scooby Wright.

Holliman is up for several other awards in the coming weeks. He has 14 interceptions heading into Louisville's bowl game against Georgia on Dec. 30 in the Belk Bowl.

The Miami native has at least one interception in nine games this season and tied Worley's mark with a late interception in the regular-season finale against Kentucky.

NFL.com tagged Holliman last week as the No. 1 "ballhawking defensive back" in the nation. He'll have a decision to make at the end of the season on his future. He's projected as a first-round NFL Draft pick by several sites.


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