Williams Named Thorpe Award Semifinalist
Junior cornerback one of 12 to make the cut
November 9, 2004

The Jim Thorpe Award Screening Committee has announced 12 semifinalists for the award given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. Virginia Tech junior cornerback Jimmy Williams has made the cut and is one of four from the ACC on the list.

This list will be narrowed on Nov. 22 to three finalists. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, telecast live from Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 9.

Williams, from Hampton, Va., is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and has 35 tackles this year. He also has one tackle for loss, 12 pass break ups and one quarterback hurry.

Oklahoma City's Jim Thorpe Association first presented the award in 1986 to Thomas Everett of Baylor. Everett will be the presenter on this year's ESPN show. The official presentation of the award will be at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 8, 2005. Winners are selected on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. Last year's winner was Oklahoma University standout Derrick Strait.

The 2004 semifinalists are:

Jason Allen, Jr., Tennessee

James Butler, Sr., Georgia Tech

Thomas Davis, Jr., Georgia

Jim Leonhard, Sr., Wisconsin

Mitch Meeuwsen, Sr., Oregon St.

Justin Miller, Jr., Clemson

Brandon Payne, Sr., New Mexico

Carlos Rogers, Sr., Auburn

Antrel Rolle, Sr., Miami

Ernest Shazor, Sr., Michigan

Corey Webster, Sr., LSU

Jimmy Williams, Jr., Virginia Tech