USC safety T.J. McDonald picked up his third honor of the preseason watch-list season Monday when he was named to the 37-man Jim Thorpe Award list, honoring the nation's best defensive back.
He's one of four Pac-12 safeties on the Thorpe list, joining Oregon's John Boyett, UCLA's Tony Dye and Stanford's Delano Howell.
McDonald, a junior expected to anchor the Trojans' defense in 2011, was also named to the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists last week. Both awards, presented by different committees, go to the best defensive player in college football.
"Preseason accolades are nice but to be honest they really don't mean much," McDonald wrote on Twitter Monday, referencing the regular season. "I got 12 rounds to build a resume [and] that's the focus."
Watch-list announcements coming later this week include the Rotary Lombardi Award for best lineman, Rimington Trophy for best center, Butkus Award for best linebacker , Davey O'Brien Award for best quarterback and the Doak Walker Award for best running back.
USC should have nominees in most of those categories.