Texas placed three players on the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list, including safety Blake Gideon, who recorded six interceptions as a sophomore last season. Cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams also made the list of 35.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. A screening committee of Jim Thorpe Association members follows these players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee meets on the first Monday in November to narrow the field to 10 or 12 semifinalists.
The committee meets again on the Monday before Thanksgiving to select the three finalists. The names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner.
Thorpe Preseason Watch List
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Mark Barron, S, Alabama; Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia; Curtis Brown, CB, Texas; Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina; Brandon Burton, CB, Utah; Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech; Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma; Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State; Don Decicco, S, Pittsburgh; Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia; Blake Gideon, S, Texas; Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina; Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; Will Hill, S, Florida; Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State; Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia; Davon House, CB, New Mexico State; Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State; Jaiquwn Jarrett, S, Temple; Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida; Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State; Tejay Johnson, S, TCU; Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho; Brian Lainhart, S, Kent State; DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson; Rahim Moore, S, UCLA; Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville; Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Tyler Sash, S, Iowa; Robert Sands, S, West Virginia; Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado; Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona; Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina; Aaron Williams, CB, Texas.