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SEC leads all conferences with five on Jim Thorpe watch list

Morris Claiborne AP

Another day, another watch list.

Today’s list is for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to college football’s best defensive back. The field of 35 players is spread out evenly among all 11 Division 1-A conferences, but the SEC leads all with five representatives, followed by four from the Big 12, Big Ten, Conference USA, MAC and Pac-12.

Last year’s winner was LSU’s Morris Claiborne (pictured).

You can view all of the individual preseason watch lists in one handy repository HERE, and the entire Jim Thorpe Award watch list below.

CB Johnny Adams, Michigan State
S Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan
CB Ricardo Allen, Purdue
CB David Amerson, N.C. State
CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
S C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
S John Boyett, Oregon
S Chad Boyd, Louisiana Tech
CB Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State
CB Travis Carrie, Ohio
S Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
S Matt Elam, Florida
CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
S Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh
S Kemal Ishmael, UCF
S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
S Robert Lester, Alabama
S Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
CB Nigel Malone, Kansas State
S Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
S Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
S T.J. McDonald, USC
CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State
CB Dayonne Nunley, Miami (Ohio)
CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
S Eric Reid, LSU
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
CB Nickell Robey, USC
CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
S Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan
S Hakeem Smith, Louisville
S Brynden Trawick, Troy
S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
CB Deron Wilson, Southern Miss

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3 Responses to “SEC leads all conferences with five on Jim Thorpe watch list”
  1. msudog says: Jul 13, 2012 12:14 PM

    Five from SEC
    2 from LSU
    2 from Florida State
    2 from Michigan State
    2 from USC

  2. Kent says: Jul 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    Reblogged this on Remember the Cotton Bowl and commented:
    Lots of Big 12 love on the list…

  3. 35longmiles says: Jul 17, 2012 8:31 PM

    Not one single sorry ass Hurricane on that list. Suck it UM.

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