Why A Vote For Georgia Cornerback Deandre Baker Is The Logical Choice

Why A Vote For Georgia Cornerback Deandre Baker Is The Logical Choice

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Why A Vote For Georgia Cornerback Deandre Baker Is The Logical Choice


The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is awarded to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability, and character.

Here’s why you should vote for Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker.

The senior cornerback is the nation’s best at his position and has the resume to prove it. The Miami native has shut down several of the SEC’s leading receivers this season.

Baker can eliminate his third of the field from the offense and free up a safety to double team a wideout or tight end. Baker only has 11 passes defended this season (tied for 6th in the SEC) but it’s a misleading stat. Teams just refuse to target the man he is covering. Baker has been targeted 38 times in 2018, giving up just 18 receptions without a touchdown allowed. He has forced nearly as many incompletions as he has allowed receptions, currently with 13 forced incompletions. His 34.2% forced incompletion rate is the best among all defensive backs this season.

The winner will be announced live at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6th, airing on ESPN. Voting closes November 30th at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote towards the overall committee results.

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