Georgia’s Christopher Smith named Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist
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Georgia’s Christopher Smith named Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist

Christopher Smith
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UGA football defensive back Christopher Smith has been named a 2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist, the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) have announced.

The Jim Thorpe Award is an annual award presented “to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.”

The three award finalists will be announced as part of a special ESPN presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced Thursday, December 8, live on The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Christopher Smith, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior from Atlanta, Ga., has started all seven games this season. He has recorded 21 total tackles (14 solo, 7 assisted) and two interceptions for 29 total yards and one fumble recovery.

The top-ranked and undefeated Georgia Bulldogs are next scheduled to take on the Florida Gators on Saturday, Oct. 29 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be televised by CBS at 3:30pm ET.

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