Safety Tre Flowers selected to Jim Thorpe watch list

Alabama's Ronnie Harrison is one of the 45 defensive backs in the nation to make the preseason watch list

Alabama's Ronnie Harrison is one of the 45 defensive backs in the nation to make the preseason watch list

Senior safety Marcus Allen (Upper Marlboro, Md.) earned a spot on his fourth watch list of the season with a berth on the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

The Jim Thorpe award is given to college football's best defensive back on and off the field, previously awarded to athletes such as Eric Berry, Malcolm Jenkins and future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson.

Edwards had two interceptions of Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson in Kentucky's win over No. 11 Louisville in 2016, earning him SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Perhaps Nebraska's most NFL-ready player on the roster at the moment, Jones is one of three Huskers who will represent the team at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 in Chicago.

This year marks the fifth time since 2011 a Wildcat is a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award.

Fitzpatrick should be considered one of the favorites to win the Thorpe Award heading into his junior season.

The Thorpe Award is presented to the nation's top defensive back. He also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Jim Thorpe Award voting panel now will have their eyes on the All-Mountain West cornerback.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from a group of three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 7, 2017, on ESPN.

Who are some of the top names on this list this season? The official presentation of the award will be on February 6, 2018 in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.

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