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2015 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List has been released

William Jackson is one of many solid players on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch list

William Jackson is one of many solid players on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch list

The Thorpe Award goes to the top defensive back in college football each year and has been won by recent NFL first-round draft picks such as Darqueze Dennard, Morris Claiborne, Patrick Peterson and Eric Berry.

The winner will be announced from among three finalists on Dec. 10.

Jim Thorpe Award watch list

  • Ishmael Adams, UCLA
  • Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
  • Tony Annese, Central Michigan
  • Budda Baker, Washington
  • Adairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech
  • Dante Barnett, Kansas State
  • Vonn Bell, Ohio State
  • Quin Blanding, Virginia
  • Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee
  • Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
  • Jeremy Cash, Duke
  • Tony Conner, Ole Miss
  • Donte Deayon, Boise State
  • Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
  • Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
  • Nate Holley, Kent State
  • Adoree’ Jackson, USC
  • William Jackson, Houston
  • Randall Jette, Massachusetts
  • Jonathan Jones, Auburn
  • Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  • Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
  • Montres Kitchens, Troy
  • Mitch Lane, ULM
  • Richard Leonard, FIU
  • William Likely, Maryland
  • Paris Logan, Northern Illinois
  • Trent Matthews, Colorado State
  • Adrian McDonald, Houston
  • Doug Middleton, Appalachian State
  • David Mims II, Texas State
  • Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  • Parry Nickerson, Tulane
  • Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State
  • Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  • Max Redfield, Notre Dame
  • Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
  • Jordan Simone, Arizona State
  • Weston Steelhammer, Air Force
  • Darian Thompson, Boise State
  • JJ Whittaker, San Diego State
  • Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech

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