Malcolm Jenkins win the Jim Thorpe Award

Posted by Vico in Buckeye Football |

Malcolm Jenkins
While the awards banquet hasn’t been too particularly good to the Buckeyes this season, Ohio State won’t go home empty-handed.  Malcolm Jenkins beat out Taylor Mays and Eric Berry for the Jim Thorpe Award this evening.  He is only the second Buckeye to pick up the award, following Antoine Winfield’s recognition in 1998.

“To be honored like this – and especially when we had some other great finalists – it’s an honor to be thought of as the best,” Jenkins said.

The decision to return for his senior season is looking more and more like it’s paying dividends for Malcolm Jenkins.  Jenkins, who could’ve easily gone pro last year and not have suffered any for it, returned for a stellar individual season in 2008.  The team may have underperformed, but Jenkins 54 tackles, 9 pass-breakups and 3 forced fumbles stood out.  Further, Jenkins’ presence was felt on special teams with two blocked punts, one coming against Purdue and the other coming against Illinois.

Barring injury, Malcolm Jenkins is a certain top 10-15 pick and will likely be the first Buckeye taken in the draft.  Enjoy your signing bonus, Malcolm.  You’ve earned it.


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Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.


3 Responses to “Malcolm Jenkins win the Jim Thorpe Award”

  1. 1 Matt

    I think he’s a lock for the top 10, especially if he shuts down Colt McCoy in the Fiesta Bowl. But I still think Beanie will have an amazing combine and the scouts won’t resist; the teams with early draft picks will go after #28, injury prone and all (so was Adrian Peterson). Beanie will go in the top 5.

  2. 2

    Congratulations Malcolm. He has had a great season and a very good career at Ohio State. Not many corners get as much playing time as he has had over the four years that he has been a Buckeye.

  3. 3 Darko

    Eric Berry should have won, he dominates in the toughest conference in the nation and constantly puts up huge numbers in interceptions, int. return yards, tackles and big plays. Just because the vols were down this year doesnt mean he shouldnt have won. He was one of the only bright spots this year for the struggling vols. He is a superb player, who should go top five when he goes pro.

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