October 28, 2013
    Kyle Fuller named Thorpe Award semifinalist
    Senior one of 15 to make the cut

    OKLAHOMA CITY (jimthorpeassoc.org) - The Jim Thorpe Association announced Monday 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football. Virginia Tech senior corner Kyle Fuller was one of the talented players to make the cut. The midseason first-team All-American by SI.com has led a staunch Tech defense that leads the nation in interceptions and is third in total defense.

    The Thorpe Award is named after history’s greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football at which he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The three Thorpe Award finalists will be named on Monday, Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12 airing on ESPN. The winner of the 2013 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 4, 2014.

    The 2013 Thorpe Award semifinalists represent seven conferences: SEC (3), PAC 12 (3), Big 12 (3), ACC (2), Big 10 (2), AAC (1) and MAC (1).


    C.J. Barnett, Sr. Ohio State
    Deone Bucannon, Sr. Washington State
    Landon Collins, Soph. Alabama
    Aaron Colvin, Sr. University of Oklahoma
    Darqueze Dennard, Sr. Michigan State
    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr. Oregon
    Kyle Fuller, Sr. Virginia Tech
    Vernon Hargreaves, Fr. Florida
    Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State
    Steven Nelson, Jr. Oregon State
    Cody Prewitt, Jr. Ole Miss
    Calvin Pryor, Jr. Louisville
    Jason Verrett, Sr. TCU
    Jimmie Ward, Sr. N. Illinois
    Ty Zimmerman, Sr. Kansas State

    The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

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