Josh Jackson Wins Jack Tatum Award As Nation's Best Defensive Back

By Patrick Vint on November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am
Josh Jackson. He's quite Pacey.
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Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson won the Jack Tatum Award, given to the nation's top defensive back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

Jackson becomes the second Hawkeye in three years to win the award, following Desmond King's victory in 2015.  No other Iowa defensive back has won the award in its 27-year history. 

It's the second time in as many days that the Touchdown Club of Columbus presented an award to an Iowa football player; Josey Jewell won the club's Jack Lambert Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, yesterday.  It's almost as if Iowa did something this season that made voters in Columbus, Ohio take notice.  I wonder what that could have been.

If you're wondering whether the Jack Tatum Award matches up with the Thorpe Award, long considered the most important postseason award for a college defensive back, the answer is: Well, kinda.  The Tatum Award recipient has also won the Thorpe Award in ten of the last twenty years, but three of the last four Tatum winners hauled in the Thorpe, as well.

Regardless, it's the biggest award won by a Joshua Jackson since the 1998 Teen Choice Awards, and for that, we congratulate Josh on an incredible season.

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