Five Big Ten defensive backs found themselves on the nation’s latest watch list. The Jim Thorpe Award, which is handed out annually to college football’s top DB, released its watch list Friday.
The Big Ten netted five nominees from five different schools. The full watch list with all 45 nominees can be found here.
Here are all five Big Ten players who were named to the list in alphabetical order:
- Marcus Allen, Penn State
- Rashard Fant, Indiana
- Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern
- Chris Jones, Nebraska
- Denzel Ward, Ohio State
Fant led the conference in passes defended last season, while Allen was one of the Big Ten’s best tacklers out of the secondary.