The Thorpe Award is presented annually and honors the best defensive back in college football. Representing the Big 12 as Thorpe Award semifinalists are Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma, Jason Verrett of TCU and Kansas State’s Ty Zimmerman. All are seniors
Colvin, a cornerback and one of two defensive captains for Oklahoma, has recorded 39 tackles (30 of them solo) through the Sooners first eight games this season, fourth best on the team. Colvin also has five tackles for loss this season.
Zimmerman, a safety, has 55 tackles for Kansas State, which ranks him fifth in the Big 12 in that category. He has 11 career interceptions, tying him for sixth in program history. His 11th came early this season against Louisiana-Lafayette, and Zimmerman returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.
Verrett, a cornerback at TCU, has 28 total tackles for the Horned Frogs in 2013 and 3.5 tackles for loss. He leads the Big 12 this year with 12 passes defended.
The initial watch list for the 2013 Thorpe Award included 48 candidates. Eight of the 48 were from Big 12 schools. The five Big 12 players who did not make the semifinalist list were cornerbacks Carrington Byndum and Quandre Diggs of Texas, and safeties Ahmad Dixon of Baylor, Sam Carter of TCU and Daytawion Lowe from Oklahoma State.
The Thorpe Award is presented by the Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. Three finalists will be named on Nov. 25.