Thirty-seven among initial Thorpe list
Returning 2010 semifinalist Harris leads watch list
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The 2011 Jim Thorpe Award watch list includes 37 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing nine conferences and one independent.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee which compiles a list of 30 to 40 players to follow. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.
The Thorpe Award is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011. The award, established in 1986, is named after one of the greatest all-around athletes of all time, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The 25th Anniversary Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Feb. 7.
The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards.
|Ray-Ray Armstrong||SS||Miami (Fla.)||Leonard Johnson||CB||Iowa State|
|Mark Barron||SS||Alabama||Coryell Judie||CB||Texas A&M|
|John Boyett||FS||Oregon||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama|
|Brandon Boykin||CB||Georgia||Robert Lester||FS||Alabama|
|Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Markelle Martin||SS||Oklahoma State|
|Alfonzo Dennard||CB||Nebraska||TJ McDonald||FS||USC|
|Tony Dye||CB||UCLA||Chase Minnifield||CB||Virginia|
|Matt Elam||SS||Florida||Marco Nelson||FS||Tulsa|
|Antonio Fenelus||CB||Wisconsin||Brian Peters||FS||Northwestern|
|Jamell Fleming||CB||Oklahoma||Greg Reid||CB||Florida State|
|Donnie Fletcher||CB||Boston College||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|Blake Gideon||FS||Texas||Josh Robinson||CB||UCF|
|Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Trenton Robinson||FS||Michigan State|
|Casey Hayward||CB||Vanderbilt||Harrison Smith||FS||Notre Dame|
|Jayron Hosley||CB||Virginia Tech||Keith Tandy||CB||West Virginia|
|Delano Howell||SS||Stanford||Kenny Tate||FS||Maryland|
|Duke Ihenacho||SS||San Jose State||Tramain Thomas||FS||Arkansas|
|George Iloka||FS||Boise State||Prentiss Waggner||S||Tennessee|