UM's Lewis a semifinalist for Thorpe Award

The Detroit News
Jourdan Lewis

Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis is one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in college football.

Lewis, a junior from Detroit Cass Tech, already has 16 pass break-ups this season, just two shy of the Michigan single-season record held by Leon Hall (2006) and Marlin Jackson (2002).

Lewis and the Wolverines lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and third-down conversion percentage defense. Lewis also has 24 tackles and two interceptions.

The Thorpe Award winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10 on ESPN.


Mackensie Alexander, Clemson, So.

Vonn Bell, Ohio State, Jr.

Jeremy Cash, Duke, Sr.

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, Jr.

Mike Hilton, Mississippi, Sr.

Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Jr.

Desmond King, Iowa, Jr.

Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Jr.

Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, So.

Adrian McDonald, Houston, Sr.

Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State, Sr.

Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, Jr.

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, Jr.

Jordan Simone, Arizona State, Sr.

Darian Thompson, Boise State, Sr.

Tre'Davious White, LSU, Jr.