The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is released

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The watch list has arrived in college football. The annual individual awards given at the end of the season will be rolling out their initial lists over the next couple weeks, and college football fans get their first round of debatable distinctions for 2012.

On Friday The Jim Thorpe Association released the watch list for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award. The Jim Thrope Award is given annually by the association to the best defensive back in the country. Last season the award went to LSU Tigers 's Morris Claiborne, and in 2012 two of Claiborne's former teammates made the list along with 33 other players.

2012 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

  • Johnny Adams , Michigan State Spartans , CB
  • Jahleel Addae , Central Michigan Chippewas , S
  • Ricardo Allen , Purdue Boilermakers , CB
  • David Amerson , NC State Wolfpack , CB
  • Johnthan Banks , Mississippi State Bulldogs , CB
  • C.J. Barnett , Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">, S
  • John Boyett , Oregon Ducks , S
  • Chad Boyd , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs , S
  • Brodrick Brown , Oklahoma State Cowboys State" data-canon="Oklahoma Sooners" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">, CB
  • T.J. Carrie , Ohio, CB
  • Johnathan Cyprien , FIU, S
  • Matt Elam , Florida Gators , S
  • D.J. Hayden , Houston Cougars , CB
  • Jarred Holley , Pittsburgh Panthers , S
  • Kemal Ishmael , UCF Knights , S
  • Tony Jefferson , Oklahoma, S
  • Lamarcus Joyner , Florida State Seminoles , S
  • Robert Lester , Alabama Crimson Tide , S
  • Isaiah Lewis , Michigan State, S
  • Nigel Malone , Kansas State Wildcats , CB
  • Tyrann Mathieu , LSU, S
  • Dexter McCoil , Tulsa Golden Hurricane , S
  • T.J. McDonald , Southern California Trojans , S
  • Leon McFadden , San Diego State Aztecs , CB
  • Dayonne Nunley , Miami (OH), CB
  • Jordan Poyer , Oregon State Beavers , CB
  • Eric Reid , LSU, S
  • Xavier Rhodes , Florida State, CB
  • Nickell Robey-Coleman , Southern California, CB
  • Logan Ryan , Rutgers Scarlet Knights , CB
  • Johnnie Simon , Western Michigan Broncos , S
  • Hakeem Smith , Louisville Cardinals , S
  • Brynden Trawick , Troy Trojans , S
  • Kenny Vaccaro , Texas Longhorns , S
  • Deron Wilson , Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles , CB
Jim Thorpe Watch List by conference
  • SEC - 5
  • Big 12 - 4
  • Big Ten - 4
  • C-USA - 4
  • MAC - 4
  • Pac-12 - 4
  • ACC - 3
  • Big East - 3
  • Sun Belt - 2
  • Mountain West - 1
  • WAC - 1
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