Notre Dame Safety Alohi Gilman Named A Semi-Finalist For The Thorpe Award

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame senior safety Alohi Gilman has been named a semi-finalist for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top defensive back.

According to the release from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Gilman is one of 14 players to be named a semi-finalist.

Gilman leads the Notre Dame defense with 38 tackles, which includes 17 solo stops. The senior has one interception, one pass break up, one forced fumble and six quarterback pressures. According to Pro Football Focus, Gilman is third on the defense with 14 run stops.

The award was first handed out in 1986 to Thomas Everett of Baylor. No Notre Dame defensive back has ever won the award.

None of Notre Dame’s upcoming opponents were among the semi-finalists. Along with Gilman, other semi-finalists are CJ Henderson (Florida), Luq Barcoo (San Diego State), Grant Delpit (LSU), Xavier McKinney (Alabama), Jevon Holland (Oregon), Elijah Riley (Army), Jeffrey Okudah (Ohio State), Douglas Coleman (Texas Tech), Tanner Muse (Clemson), Essang Bassey (Wake Forest), Amik Robertson (Louisiana Tech), AJ Green (Oklahoma State) and JR Reed (Georgia).

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Comments (6)
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Bryan, are these podcasts available yet on iTunes so I can just subscribe and they show up automatically?


How are LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. and Stanford's Paulson Adebo not on the list? Take off Tanner Muse and Alohi Gilman.


Obviously happy for him, but Kraemer being named a mid season all American and this don’t make a ton of sense to me. These guys have been solid, but other players standing right next to them seem more deserving to my untrained eyes. I would argue both of ND’s other safeties have played better.