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42 Top Defensive Backs Named To 2015 Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

Promotion for the Jim Thorpe Award.


We're in the midst of college football watch list season, during which hundreds of players are put named to the lists for college football's many positional awards. Today, 42 of the nation's top defensive backs were named to the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Here is the full group:

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, UMass 
Jonathan Jones, Auburn 
Karl Joseph, West Virginia 
Damontae Kazee, SDSU
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, SDSU 
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech

With guys like Fuller, Hargreaves, Ramsey, and Sanchez here, this is a pretty strong group.

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