Oklahoma junior safety Roy Williams was named the recipient of the 2001 Jim Thorpe Award, rewarded to the nations top defensive back, Thursday night at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday night in Orlando, Florida.
Williams, who beat out Miami Safety Ed Reed and Texas cornerback Quentin Jammar, became only the second Sooner to ever win the coveted award which originated in Oklahoma. Rickey Dixon became the first Sooner to win the award in 1987.
Williams finished the 2001 season with 101 tackles, 22 pass deflections, 10 tackles for loss and five interceptions.
The junior safety from Union City, Calif. has already won the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the year award.
Williams wins Thorpe Award
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