Holliman snags a couple more national honors

University of Louisville football standout Gerod Holliman continues to garner postseason honors, snagging two more national awards on Thursday night. Holliman was named a first-team All-American on the Walter Camp team and also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

University of Louisville safety Gerod Holliman added two more national accolades on Thursday night in Orlando, Fla.

Holliman, who leads the nation with 14 interceptions this season, was named first-team All-American on the Walter Camp All-American team. The Walter Camp team is one of the oldest All-American teams in college football.

Holliman was also honored as the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back.

Holliman, who tied an NCAA record that had lastest since 1968 for most picks in a single season, has helped the Cardinals to a 9-3 record and a spot in the Belk Bowl to play Georgia on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C.

He's the first Walter Camp first-team All-American from the Louisville program since Elvis Dumervil was honored in 2005. Dumervil leads the NFL in sacks this season.

A native of Miami, Holliman has recorded interceptions in nine of 12 games and multiple interceptions in four contests. He tied a school record when he picked off three passes in a 38-19 win over Boston College on Nov. 8.

Holliman was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award for the National Defensive Player of the Year and is expected to garner more honors.

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