Williams Named to Thorpe Watch List
List is second to which junior defensive back has been named
July 27, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY - The leading candidates for the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award have been announced in a preseason watch list released by the Jim Thorpe Association. Virginia Tech junior cornerback Jimmy Williams is one of 29 college players on the list. It marks the second preseason list the junior from Hampton has been named to, as he is also a preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year.

The Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back, is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend", Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, telecast from Disney World on Dec. 9. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on Feb. 8.

The watch list is derived through a point system based on All-American teams and honorable mentions published in at least six preseason football magazines. A candidate must be listed as high as third-team All-American in at least one publication or as a fourth team or honorable mention in at least three of these publications. This list is not final as players not on the list who have exceptional seasons may be added at a later date.


Jaxson Appel, Jr., Texas A&M

Oshiomoghe Atogwe, Sr., Stanford

Darnell Bing, So., USC

Jamal Brimmer, Sr., UNLV			

Brandon Browner, So., Oregon State

Josh Bullocks, Jr., Nebraska

James Butler, Sr., Georgia Tech

Thomas Davis, Jr., Georgia

Dustin Fox, Sr., Ohio State

Aaron Francisco, Sr., BYU

Adam Jones, Jr., West Virginia

Marlin Jackson, Sr., Michigan

Eric King, Sr., Wake Forest

Jim Leonhard, Sr., Wisconsin

Donnie McClesky, Jr., California

Andre Maddox, Sr., North Carolina State

Mitch Meeuwsen, Sr., Oregon State

Justin Miller, Jr., Clemson

Donte Nicholson, Sr., Oklahoma

Antonio Perkins, Sr., Oklahoma

Brodney Pool, Jr., Oklahoma

Antrel Rolle, Sr., Miami

Carlos Rogers, Sr., Auburn

Ernest Shazor, Sr., Michigan

Mark Walker, Sr., TCU

Corey Webster, Sr., LSU

Darrent Williams, Sr., Oklahoma State

Jimmy Williams, Jr., Virginia Tech

Alan Zemaitis, Jr., Penn State