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Tre Flowers lands on Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list

Tre Flowers lands on Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list

Kansas State junior defensive back D.J. Reed was one of 45 players nationally to be named to the watch list for the 2017 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Friday.

Check out the entire preseason 2017 Jim Thorpe Award watch list here.

While they didn't make the watch list for the Thorpe Award, the Trojans feature another pair of defensive backs who could force their way into the Thorpe conversation with a big enough step forward this season - Marvell Tell and Chris Hawkins. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. He was named Big Ten honorable mention after the season for his work.

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During his career at OSU, Flowers has tallied 200 tackles and led the team past year with seven pass break-ups. Jones also had interceptions against Fresno State and Wyoming. Brown tallied 43 tackles (34 solo) on the season, the sixth-most by any Hilltopper, to go along with four tackles for loss and two sacks. Blanding has finished the past three seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and his 358 career stops now ranks No. 9 all-time in the UVA annals.

Eight different Nittany Lions have been named to preseason watch lists. Besides playing football on both sides of the line, he was a punter and a kicker, too. The Nittany Lions open the season against Akron (Sept. 2; noon) and face Pitt (Sept. 9; 3:30 p.m.) and Georgia State (Sept. 16) to close out a three-game homestand to start the year. The public single-game ticket sale opens Tuesday, July 11.