This just in (from the Thorpe Award people):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio – After returning two interceptions for touchdowns for Iowa in their 59-3 win over Western Michigan, senior cornerback B.J. Lowery (Cincinnati, OH) has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.
Lowery’s first score of the day was a 35-yard return with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter while his second touchdown covered 13 yards and came on Western Michigan’s first possession of the third quarter.
Lowery is the first Hawkeye ever with two interception return touchdowns in a single game and he becomes just the second Big Ten player to accomplish the feat since 1998. Lowery also added four tackles in the game.
Honorable Mention Players for Week Four:
A.J. Hendy, Maryland, Senior Safety – Hendy recovered two fumbles and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Maryland’s 37-0 win over West Virginia. The interception was Hendy’s second of his career, both of which he has returned for touchdowns. Hendy and the Maryland defense forced six West Virginia turnovers and held the Mountaineers to 175 yards of total offense.
Steven Nelson, Oregon State, Junior Cornerback – Late in the fourth quarter, Nelson stepped in front of a San Diego State pass and returned it 16 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the Beavers’ come-from-behind 34-30 win over the Aztecs. The interception came with Oregon State down by three after they had faced deficits of 13 and nine points earlier in the second half. Nelson is tied for the national lead with four picks on the year and is the first player in team history to have four interceptions in his first four career games.
Davis Cazares, New Mexico State, Senior Safety – Cazares recorded 14 tackles, including a game-high 10 solo stops while adding two interceptions and a fumble recovery in New Mexico State’s 59-13 loss at No. 13 UCLA. Cazares’ interceptions and fumble recovery were his first in an Aggie uniform while his double-digit tackle effort was his ninth of his career.
About the Jim Thorpe Award:
The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The candidates for the award are selected by a “screening committee” of Jim Thorpe Association members who follow several players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists and the names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, 2013 on ESPN.
The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Oklahoma City, OK.
The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.Each week, Phil Steele will be overlooking the candidates issued by the school, the conference and distinguished committee members. After including his own personal input, the winner will be announced every Wednesday at jimthorpeassoc.org and PhilSteele.com