Senior free safety John Boyett, who has ended the year leading Oregon in tackles twice in the last three seasons, is one of 35 defenders to be named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the best college defensive back in the country.

The Thorpe Award is named after one of history’s greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football at which he played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The 2012 Olympics marks the 100-year anniversary of Thorpe winning the gold medal in the decathlon and pentathlon at the Stockholm Olympics.

The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compiles a list of 30-40 players each year. The Thorpe Award winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 6 on ESPN.

It marks the third awards’ watch list the Napa, Calif., standout has been named to this week as he is among the candidates for the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Both honors are awarded to the nation’s top defensive player.

Boyett has drawn All-America acclaim each of his last two seasons. The three-year starter ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in tackles a year ago with 108 stops (8.31 avg.), including a career-high 17 tackles in the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.


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