Nov. 5, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State senior free safety Lamont Thompson was named one of 12 semi-finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back.
Thompson, who picked off four passes Saturday against UCLA, has seven interceptions on the season and leads Washington State with 69 tackles. The Richmond, Calif., native has 21 career interceptions, which equals the Pac-10 record held by Arizona's Chuck Cecil.
Joining Thompson on the list were Marques Anderson of UCLA, South Carolina's Sheldon Brown, Nebraska's Keyou Craver, Ohio State's Mike Doss, Texas' Quentin Jammer, Colorado's Michael Lewis, Kansas State's Terence Newman, Mississippi State's Pig Prather, Miami's Edward Reed, Purdue's Stuart Schweigert, and Roy Williams of Oklahoma.
The award is presented by the Jim Thorpe Association and will be announced Dec. 6 during ESPN's College Football Awards Show. The list of 12 will be narrowed to three Nov. 20. Past winners include NFL standouts Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson.
The announcement by the Jim Thorpe Association wasn't the only good piece of news Thompson received Monday. The Pac-10 named Thompson Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against UCLA, making him the third Cougar this season to earn that honor, along with Josh Moen and Nakoa McElrath.