Semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football, were announced today by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Three of the 16 picks were from the SEC: Justin Evans of Texas A&M, Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama and Tre’Davious White of LSU.
But who didn’t make the list arouses a little suspicion, especially to fans down in Gainesville.
Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson of Florida actually didn’t make the initial watch list in the summer, despite being rated as among the best DBs in the nation. The summer watch list is not final, though, and players can be added as the season goes along.
Tabor is among the nation’s leaders in interceptions with four in five games, and he’s projected to be a high first-round pick.
The three finalists will be named on Nov. 22 with the winner announced Dec. 8.