Nov. 5, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
The Jim Thorpe Association announced on Monday, Nov. 5 the 12 semi-finalists for its 2007 Jim Thorpe Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back.
One of the 12 semi-finalists is University of Wyoming senior cornerback Julius Stinson. Stinson currently ranks No. 10 in the nation in passes defended this season, with 13 total passes defended (four interceptions and nine passes broken up).
On Nov. 19, the list will be trimmed to three finalists who will be invited to the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6. The winner will be announced on the show. The official presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 12, 2008.
The 2007 award marks the 21st anniversary of the trophy, first presented in 1986 to Baylor's Thomas Everett. Last year's winner was University of Texas standout Aaron Ross, now playing for the New York Giants.
Thorpe Award winners are selected for performance on the field, athletic ability and character.
The 2007 semi-finalists are:
Julius Stinson, Sr., Wyoming
Trey Brown, Sr., UCLA
Antoine Cason, Sr., Arizona
Vontae Davis, Soph., Illinois
Malcolm Jenkins, Jr., Ohio State
Mike Jenkins, Jr., South Florida
Kenny Phillips, Jr., Miami
James Silva, Sr., Boston College
Reggie Smith, Jr., Oklahoma
Craig Steltz, Sr., LSU
Aqib Talib, Sr., Kansas
Tom Zbikowski, Sr., Notre Dame
The Thorpe Award preseason Watch List was determined on a point system based on preseason All-America teams. Other players were added to the list based on their performance during the season.
Of this year's semi-finalists, Trey Brown, Vontae Davis, Mike Jenkins, James Silva, Craig Steltz and Julius Stinson were not on the preseason Watch List.