Jarrad Page Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

June 29, 2005

The leading candidates for the 2005 Jim Thorpe Award have been announced in a pre-season 'watch list' released by the Jim Thorpe Association.

UCLA senior strong safety Jarrad Page has been named to the 'watch list.' Page, who will anchor a young secondary, made 79 tackles and three interceptions in 2004.

The Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back, is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as 'The Legend', Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, telecast from Disney World on December 8. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 7.

The watch list is derived through a point system based on All-American teams and Honorable Mentions published in at least six pre-season football magazines. A candidate must be listed as a third-team All-American in at least one publication or as a fourth team or honorable mention in at least three of these publications. This list is not final. Players not on the list who have exceptional seasons may be added at a later date.

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