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2012 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List Announced

The watch list for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award, honoring the nation’s best defensive back was announced by the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame earlier this morning.

The following men are among the best defensive backs in the country:

Johnny Adams, Michigan State CB, Sr.

Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan S, Jr.

Ricardo Allen, Purdue CB, Jr.

David Amerson, North Carolina State CB, Jr.

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State CB, Sr.

C.J. Barnett, Ohio State S, Jr.

John Boyett, Oregon S, Sr.

Chad Boyd, Louisiana Tech, S, Sr.

Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State CB, Sr.

Travis Carrie, Ohio University CB, Sr.

Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International S, Sr.

Matt Elam, Florida S, Jr.

D.J. Hayden, Houston CB, Sr.

Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh S, Sr.

Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida S, Sr.

Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma S, Jr.

Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State S, Jr.

Robert Lester, Alabama S, Sr.

Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State S, Jr.

Nigel Malone, Kansas State CB , Sr.

Tyrann Mathieu, Louisiana State S, Jr.

Dexter McCoil, Tulsa S, Sr.

T.J. McDonald, Southern California S, Sr.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State CB, Sr.

Dayonne Nunley, Miami (OH) CB, Jr.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State CB, Sr.

Eric Reid, Louisiana State S, Jr.

Xavier Rhodes, Florida State CB, Jr.

Nickell Robey, Southern California CB, Jr.

Logan Ryan, Rutgers CB, Jr.

Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan S, Jr.

Hakeem Smith, Louisville S, Jr.

Brynden Trawick, Troy S, Sr.

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas S, Sr.

Deron Wilson, Southern Mississippi CB, Jr.

Each and every one of these guys is NFL bound, with several on the radars of respective scouts as being potential first and second-rounders.

The SEC leads the way with 5 guys on the list, with several other conferences having 4.

Image Courtesy: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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