GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame raised eyebrows Monday when it announced 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football.
Florida cornerbacks Jalen “Teez” Tabor and Quincy Wilson were both left off the list. Tabor is among the nation’s leaders in interceptions and one NFL executive has called Wilson the best cornerback in the country.
“I don’t know who makes those lists, but I’ll put those two up against anybody in the country,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said Monday when asked about the snub. “I don’t know that that’s an end-all, other than an initial list. But the way these two guys play, you talk about being proud of what you put on film. These guys are proud of what they put on film and it shows.”
Wilson and Tabor still can be named two of the three finalists. That list comes out on Nov. 22.