Sunday, 21 January, 2018

UVA safety Quin Blanding named to Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

Alabama's Ronnie Harrison is one of the 45 defensive backs in the nation to make the preseason watch list John David Mercer | USA TODAY Sports Images Alabama's Ronnie Harrison is one of the 45 defensive backs in the nation to make the preseason watch list
Sammy Stanley | 15 July, 2017, 01:35

Former Wildcat defensive back Terence Newman, who is entering his 15th National Football League season in 2017, won the award in 2002.

Western Kentucky senior defensive back Joe Brown became the sixth Hilltopper named to a preseason national watch list on Friday as he earned a spot on the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the nation's top award for a collegiate defensive back.

Edwards led all Southeastern Conference defensive backs in tackles in 2016 with 100 and was one of just six players overall in the SEC with 100 or more tackles on the season.

The award is named after Jim Thorpe, one of the country's greatest all-around athletes of any era. He also claimed October 24 Co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week accolades after blocking a field goal attempt versus No. 2 Ohio State, which led to the game-winning touchdown by teammate Grant Haley.

Paycom Software, Inc. ("Paycom") (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, and the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) jointly announced in May of 2017 an exclusive sponsorship of the Jim Thorpe Award.

Lawyer: Wife Led Police to Suspect's Remains in Cop Killing
In 1980, prosecutors believe Donald Webb murdered the Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Gregory Adams during a traffic stop. Webb was living in New Bedford with his wife and stepson when officials say he fatally beat and shot Adams in Pennsylvania.

Wadood was third on the team with 76 total tackles (two that went for a loss) and added four pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Thorpe Award is presented to the nation's top defensive back. The official presentation of the award will be on February 6, 2018 in Oklahoma City.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a two-week period this month.

USC Football notched its second Jim Thorpe Award past year victor with Adoree Jackson and now the Trojans are hoping for a repeat with Iman Marshall.

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