Richardson, Carroll Named To Jim Thorpe Presea
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas defensive backs Lawrence Richardson and Ahmad Carroll have been named to the 2003 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list released by the Jim Thorpe Association.
The award is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate defensive back. It is named after Thorpe who excelled as a running back, passer, kicker and defensive back and went on to play professional baseball and win Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
“This is a great accomplishment for Lawrence and Ahmad for their performances the last two years,” Arkansas defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “The true test, however, is to carry that throughout the season and perform up to their capabilities.”
A native of Galveston, Texas, Richardson is entering his senior season as one of the Razorbacks’ cornerbacks. Richardson was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference by Collegefootballnews.com and was an honorable mention All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2002.
Richardson has seven career interceptions and is two shy of joining the Razorback career leaders. Richardson has 100 career tackles, 33 passes defended and three tackles for loss.
Richardson has been ranked as the eighth-best cornerback in the country by Lindy’s and is a preseason All-SEC First Team selection by Athlon, Lindy’s, The Sporting News and Collegefootballnews.com.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Carroll has one interception and 102 tackles through two seasons with the Razorbacks. Entering his junior season, Carroll also has 19 passes broken up in his career and has forced four fumbles.
Carroll was named to the 2002 SEC Coaches’ Second Team All-SEC list after registering 60 tackles, six passes broke up and one interception.
Entering 2003, Carroll is listed as the 12th-best cornerback in the nation by Lindy’s and has been named to the preseason All-SEC Second Team by Athlon, Lindy’s and Street and Smith’s publications.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists the first Monday in November and will be cut again to the three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner will be announced on ESPN’s College Football Awards Show, telecast from Disney World on Dec. 11. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on Feb. 9.
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