Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

  • Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

The junior cornerback was one of 45 players selected to the 2017 preseason watch list for the Thorpe Award by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Friday. The recipient will then be honored at the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on February 6, 2018, in Oklahoma.

The Thorpe Award is presented to the nation's top defensive back.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Oklahoma.

Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2010 and 2011. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. As a result, the accolade will be named the "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award". The first-team All-Mountain West selection finished fourth nationally with 18 total passes defended consisting of a team high four interceptions and a Mountain West best 14 pass break ups. Blanding has finished the past three seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and his 358 career stops now ranks No. 9 all-time in the UVA annals. He has also earned spots on the Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year) and Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year) watch lists.

The Wildcats begin their seven-game home schedule and 2017 season slate on Saturday, September 2, against Central Arkansas, a game that serves as the ninth-annual K-State Family Reunion. Sixteen of the association's 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated.