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Ekpre-Olomu headlines Thorpe Award semifinalists

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu AP

Unfortunately, we’ve hit one of the surest signs that the end of the college football season is fast approaching: the beginning of myriad announcements of award semifinalists.

The first major national honor to release its list is the Jim Thorpe Award, which revealed Monday a group of semifinalists that’s 15-players strong.  The award is handed out annually to the nation’s top defensive back.

Of those 15 players, just one was a semifinalist in 2012: Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

The Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC had three players each on the list, with the ACC and Big Ten coming in with two apiece.  The AAC and MAC each had one semifinalist.

There are nine seniors and four juniors in the group. Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves is the lone freshman semifinalist, while Alabama’s Landon Collins is the only sophomore.

Last year’s winner was Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks.

Below is the complete list of semifinalists.

C.J. Barnett, Sr. Ohio State
Deone Bucannon, Sr. Washington State
Landon Collins, Soph. Alabama
Aaron Colvin, Sr. Oklahoma
Darqueze Dennard, Sr. Michigan State
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr. Oregon
Kyle Fuller, Sr. Virginia Tech
Vernon Hargreaves, Fr. Florida
Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State
Steven Nelson, Jr. Oregon State
Cody Prewitt, Jr. Ole Miss
Calvin Pryor, Jr. Louisville
Jason Verrett, Sr. TCU
Jimmie Ward, Sr. N. Illinois
Ty Zimmerman, Sr. Kansas State

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7 Responses to “Ekpre-Olomu headlines Thorpe Award semifinalists”
  1. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    Don’t see enough of any individual player on this list to know who is more deserving. But I love Bama’s Landon Collins. Fortunately, he’s got more eligibility in the tank.

  2. sfsugator says: Oct 28, 2013 12:35 PM

    Torin Harris should be on this list outta Sc. Sarcasm*

  3. thelizards95 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:33 PM

    Hands down the way Lamarcus Joyner has be playing this yr
    Makes a pretty easy choice for this award. His speed skill set and knowledge of the defense has the noles playing at a high level. Another strong showing this week will wrap it up for me

  4. longborer69 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:53 PM

    Not sure how an Oregon player could headline the list for a defensive position. I keep hearing people say Oregon doesn’t play any defense.

    Next, someone will try to tell me that Kiko Alonso went to Oregon.

    And that they held an alleged Heisman candidate to under 100 yards passing this week.

  5. axltcu says: Oct 28, 2013 3:03 PM


  6. ramivou says: Oct 28, 2013 4:50 PM

    It was a tough list to compile this year. It is wide open for the final three. Here’s hoping some players step up and make it another tough decision to narrow it down.

  7. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 28, 2013 5:15 PM

    We have put out some pretty decent db’s in recent years. QUACK!

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