Lewis, Annese, King on Thorpe watch list
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, Central Michigan safety Tony Annese and Iowa cornerback Desmond King of Detroit East English are on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award.
The award goes to the top defensive back in college football, and King was the winner in 2015.
King, a senior, had 72 tackles, 21 passes defensed and eight interceptions for the Hawkeyes last season.
Lewis, a senior from Detroit Cass Tech, had 52 tackles and 20 passes defensed in earning All-American honors for the Wolverines last season.
Annese, a senior from Rochester Adams, had 74 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions.
JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST
Jamal Adams, LSU, Jr.
Tony Annese, Central Michigan, Sr.
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, Sr.
Budda Baker, Washington, Jr.
Bobby Baker, Georgia State, Sr.
Quin Blanding, Virginia, Jr.
Cody Brown, Arkansas State, Sr.
Sean Chandler, Temple, Jr.
Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
Zach Edwards, Cincinnati, Sr.
Nate Gerry, Nebraska, Sr.
Adoree Jackson, USC, Jr.
Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Sr.
Derwin James, Florida State, So.
Sidney Jones, Washington, Jr.
Damontae Kazee, San Diego State, Sr.
Desmond King, Iowa, Sr.
Roland Ladipo, Air Force, Sr.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Sr.
William Likely, Maryland, Sr.
Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, Jr.
Marcus Maye, Florida, Sr.
Demetrius Monday, Kent State, Jr.
Deatrick Nichols, USF, Jr.
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama, Jr.
DeJuan Rogers, Toledo, Sr.
Boise Ross, Buffalo, Sr.
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force, Sr.
Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Jamar Summers, UConn, Jr.
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee, Sr.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson, Sr.
Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma, Sr.
Jaleel Wadood, UCLA, Jr.
Tre'Davious White, LSU, Sr.
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh, So.
Marcus Williams, Utah, Jr.
Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, So.
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Sr.