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Jim Thorpe Award watch list recognizes 35 top defensive backs

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Alongside the release of the Butkus Award watch list on Monday came the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. On it appeared 35 names deemed to be the nation’s top defensive backs in the nation with players from 11 conferences.

The ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, Pac-12, and SEC each had four players named to the initial watch list, which can have players added to it as the season progresses. The AAC, Big 12, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt each had three players named, and the MAC had two more players mentioned.

Last year’s winner of the Jim Thorpe Award was Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama.

2018 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

Dravon Askew-Henry, West Virginia
DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Kris Boyd, Texas
Blace Brown, Troy
Kyron Brown, Akron
T.J. Carter, Memphis
Justin Clifton, Arkansas State
Lukas Denis, Boston College
D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin
David Dowell, Michigan State
Clifton Duck, Appalachian State
Mike Edwards, Kentucky
Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
Kyle Gibson, UCF
Mark Gilbert, Duke
Malik Grant, Marshall
Lavert Hill, Michigan
Javon Hagan, Ohio
Tyler Horton, Boise State
Michael Jackson, Miami
Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech
Jaquan Johnson, Miami
Shelton Lewis, Florida Atlantic
Julian Love, Notre Dame
Iman Marshall, USC
Byron Murphy, Washington
Kekoa Nawahine, Boise State
Delvon Randall, Temple
Taylor Rapp, Washington
J.R. Reed, Georgia
Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
Marvell Tell III, USC
Greedy Williams, LSU
Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
Jalen Young, Florida Atlantic

Charlie Strong and his “Live Together, Die Alone” moment

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It has been years since the show LOST was on TV and some people are still trying to come to an understanding of what happened in the series finale, but one of the iconic moments of the show took place in the season finale to the first season. In it, Jack Shephard addresses the castaways left from a plane crash on an unknown island that it is time to put aside their differences and tart learning to live together before they die alone. It has become know as the “Live Together, Die Alone” speech and it has been a recurring theme in TV shows and movies before and after LOST. At the helm of a 1-3 Texas Longhorns program, head coach Charlie Strong seems to be having his “Live Together, Die Alone” moment not even a full one-and-a-half season into his tenure.

On Saturday Texas was getting its butt whooped by TCU, and at halftime at least one player (defensive back Kris Boyd) took to his phone to retweet messages about transferring to Texas A&M. Boyd has since apologized for that incident, and Strong addressed the incident by saying discipline will be handled internally. This is not the first time Boyd has apparently spent halftime checking his phone.

Things are not going well at Texas. Every way you look at it, the numbers are bad. Some are already hoping Chip Kelly, off to an equally disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles, looks at his situation and says he has to go back. The Longhorns are 1-3 and just got stomped by TCU. With Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all still ahead on the schedule, getting to a bowl game is starting to look about as rough as the chances everyone not in the Oceanic Six are of getting off the island. With questions continuing to surround the future of Strong as head coach, the head coach had this to say today;