Aug. 2, 2010
Arizona junior cornerback Trevin Wade was named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list today, among 35 of the nation's best defensive backs as the leading candidates for this year's trophy.
Wade, a 13-game starter a year ago and one of the Cats' top defenders, has nine career interceptions. He has been named to the Nagurski Trophy watch list also.
Wade, of Round Rock, Texas, is expected to help three other returning starters bring along a newer overall group of defenders for Arizona this year in anchoring one of the cornerback spots. He, defensive ends Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore and safety Robert Golden should lead the Wildcat defense, which coaches anticipate to continue a strong tradition at Arizona.
The Thorpe Award is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend," Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
UA's Darryll Lewis (1990)and Antoine Cason (2007), also cornerbacks, have given Arizona previous winners of the Jim Thorpe Award.
Wade and safety Rahim Moore of UCLA are the lone Pac-10 players on the watch list, although Colorado corner Jimmy Smith and Utah corner Brandon Burton -- schools soon to play in Pac-12 competition -- also made the list. The third week of the 2010 season, Iowa will come to Tucson with safety Tyler Sash, also a Thorpe candidate.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. Four points are awarded for first team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 30-40 players on the pre-season watch list. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses.
A screening committee of Jim Thorpe Association members follows these players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee meets on the first Monday in November to narrow the field to 10 or 12 semi-finalists.
The committee meets again on the Monday before Thanksgiving to select the three finalists. The names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner. The three finalists are invited to the ESPN College Football Awards Show, and the winner is announced during the show.
Formal presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award takes place at ceremonies in Oklahoma City on the first Tuesday in February following the national signing date for college football recruits.
The 2010 Thorpe Watch List:
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Mark Barron, S, Alabama Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia Curtis Brown, CB, Texas Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina Brandon Burton, CB, Utah Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State Don Decicco, S, Pittsburgh Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia Blake Gideon, S, Texas Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina Brandon Harris, CB, Miami Will Hill, S, Florida Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia Davon House, CB, New Mexico State Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State Jaiquwn Jarrett, S, Temple Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State Tejay Johnson, S, TCU Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho Brian Lainhart, S, Kent State DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson Rahim Moore, S, UCLA Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Tyler Sash, S, Iowa Robert Sands, S, West Virginia Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards.
The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.