FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior safety Tramain Thomas has been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation’s top defensive back.
Thomas is one of 10 players from the Southeastern Conference to be named to the watch list for the award, which was announced on Monday.
Thomas was named second-team All-SEC and to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List in 2010. In his career, he has a team-leading seven interceptions and also leads all 2011 Razorbacks with five forced fumbles. The Winnie, Texas, native finished the 2010 season with a team-leading and career-high four interceptions, as well as a career-high 83 tackles, 5.0 for loss with 0.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal. His interception total tied for seventh in the SEC and 39th in the NCAA, and his tackle total ranked 14th in the conference. Thomas made a career-high 14 tackles, the second-highest single-game total by a Razorback and the 13th-highest single-game total in the SEC in 2010, at No. 22 Mississippi State.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee, who compile a list of 30-40 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 8, 2011, on ESPN.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, the Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The Award, established in 1986, is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.