2013 watch lists

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Association on Friday announced the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which has honored the nation’s best defensive back since 1986.

The Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences each has eight players on the watch list. The SEC, which has produced the past four winners, has four players.

The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses.

2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST
PLAYER POS. SCHOOL CLASS   PLAYER POS. SCHOOL CLASS
Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist SR   Phillip Gaines CB Rice SR
Ricardo Allen CB Purdue SR   Andre Hal S Vanderbilt SR
Dion Bailey S USC SR   Najja Johnson S Buffalo SR
C.J. Barnett S Ohio State SR   L. J. Jones S Fresno State SR
Bene Benwikere S San Jose State SR   Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State SR
Nat Berhe S San Diego State SR   Isaiah Lewis S Michigan State SR
Tre Boston S North Carolina SR   Craig Loston S LSU SR
Christian Bryant S Ohio State SR   Daytawion Lowe S Oklahoma State SR
Deone Bucannon S Washington State SR   Terrance Mitchell S Oregon JR
Kevin Byard S Middle Tenn. State SO   Marco Nelson S Tulsa SR
Carrington Byndom CB Texas SR   Isaiah Newsome S La.-Monroe SR
Ibraheim Campbell S Northwestern JR   Dayonne Nunley CB Miami (Ohio) SR
Sam Carter S TCU JR   Calvin Pryor S Louisville JR
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama JR   Ed Reynolds S Stanford SR
Ross Cockrell CB Duke SR   Rashaad Reynolds CB Oregon State SR
Aaron Colvin S Oklahoma SR   Jordan Richards S Stanford JR
Alden Darby S Arizona State SR   Bradley Roby CB Ohio State JR
Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State SR   Derron Smith S Fresno State JR
Quandre Diggs CB Texas JR   Hakeem Smith S Louisville SR
Ahmad Dixon S Baylor SR   Damian Swann CB Georgia JR
Jonathan Dowling S Western Kentucky JR   Jason Verrett CB TCU SR
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon JR   Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois SR
Ciante Evans CB Nebraska SR   Deron Wilson S Southern Miss SR
Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech SR   Ty Zimmerman S Kansas State SR
Complete list of Jim Thorpe Award winners