The Jim Thorpe Award is the latest postseason honor to place a Hokie on its wathclist: senior cornerback Greg Stroman makes the cut. Annually awarded to the nation's best defensive back, the Thorpe has found a good candidate in Stroman.
The 6-0, 180-pounder started nine games and participated in two more (missing three due to injury) as a junior in 2016. During that time on the field, he notched three interceptions and ten more pass break-ups and 13 total tackles for a VT defense that finished tied for No. 14 nationally n pass efficiency D. He was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2016.
He also moonlighted on special teams, blocking one field goal attempt, returning 25 punts for an average of 8.8 yards (including one touchdown) and 22 kicks for an average of 20.9 yards, and even punting twice with a 40-yard average. It's likely that he would be considered for a return specialist honor if there was one nationally.
While simply making a watchlist is hardly a feat in itself (45 players, including seven others from the ACC, are so honored), a good year could see Stroman seriously contend to take home some postseason hardware. Shockingly, he would be the first Hokie to do so, despite a strong history in the secondary at VT.