It is a lighter day for preseason watch lists as only one was released on Friday. The Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back, announced 39 players on its watch list.
The conference players named to watch lists for this season can be found here. The ACC players to make the Thorpe Award watch list are below.
Jeremy Cash, Duke: Cash was an instant-impact player for the Blue Devils in 2013 following a transfer from Ohio State. With another year in the system, Cash is poised for a huge season. Cash is also on the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists.
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech: An impact performer as a freshman and a second-team All-ACC selection, Fuller is set to be the next great defensive back at Virginia Tech. Fuller is also on the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists.
Anthony Harris, Virginia: An All-ACC selection as a junior, Harris will be looked upon to lead the turnaround for the Cavs on defense. It is a talented unit, and Harris, a team captain this fall, might be the best. Harris is also on the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State: Only a sophomore, Ramsey is the Seminoles’ all-everything defensive back and will take over the role left by Lamarcus Joyner, a Thorpe semifinalist last year. On a defense stockpiled with NFL talent, many believe Ramsey is the best.
P.J. Williams, Florida State: Williams was one of FSU’s best players this spring, and he might be the country’s best cornerback. Williams also is on the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists.