OKLAHOMA CITY – Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon was named a Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist, given to the top defensive back in college football, The Jim Thorpe Association announced Monday.
Bucannon enters the week leading the Pac-12 Conference with 73 tackles and tied for second with four interceptions. He also owns team-highs of three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Fairfield, Calif. native has posted a pair of double-digit tackle games this season and currently sits tied for fourth in WSU history with 343 career tackles and 13 career interceptions.
Bucannon is the first Cougar to be named a semifinalist since Jason David in 2003.
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, November 25th and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12th airing on ESPN. The winner of the 2013 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on February 4, 2014.
THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
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
Cody Prewitt, Jr. Ole Miss
Calvin Pryor, Jr. Louisville
Jason Verrett, Sr. TCU
Jimmie Ward, Sr. N. Illinois
Ty Zimmerman, Sr. Kansas State