Thompson, Deayon On Thorpe Award Watch List
July 13, 2015

  • 2015 Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

    BOISE, Idaho – Boise State redshirt senior safety Darian Thompson and senior cornerback Donte Deayon were both named to the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday morning.

    Established in 1986, the Jim Thorpe Award annually honors the nation’s top defensive back. Thompson and Deayon were among 42 collegiate defensive backs named to the watch list Monday. For Deayon, Monday’s announcement marks the second-straight season in which he has been named a candidate for the award.

    The 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN on Dec. 10. The Jim Thorpe Award banquet is scheduled for Feb 2, 2016 on Oklahoma City, Okla.

    For Thompson, Monday’s announcement now makes three 2015 preseason award watch list inclusions. The 2014 first-team All-MW selection and second-team All-American ( was named earlier this month to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player). Thompson started each of his 13 games played for Boise State last season, hauling in seven interceptions, tied for the third-most nationally and tied for the most in the MW, to bring his career total to 14 -- tied for the sixth most in school history.

    Deayon finished the 2014 campaign with six interceptions, second on the team behind Thompson, and third in the Mountain West and tied for ninth among all FBS players. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, the last of which was a 16-yard return in Boise State’s 38-30 victory over No. 10 Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

    Along with his six interceptions, Deayon recorded 46 tackles (33 solo) and scored a third touchdown on a 75-yard punt return at Wyoming en route to being named to the All-Mountain West Second Team for the second year in a row. Entering 2015, Deayon is tied for ninth in school history with 13 career interceptions.

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