Northwestern Junior safety Ibraheim Campbell on Friday was named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of fame and the Jim Thorpe Association, which honors the nation’s best defensive back dating back to 1986.
The Thorpe Award, named after America’s greatest all-around athlete Jim Thorpe. Thorpe played college football in Oklahoma at Carlisle, where he was a running back, placekicker, punter, and defensive back. He then went on to excelled professionally on the gridiron as well as in the Olympics winning goal medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The 5-foot-11, 205 pound, Campbell received Freshman All-American honors in 2011 while leading the Wildcats with 100 tackles (54 solo/46 asst) and recording four pass deflections, two interceptions for 43 yards. Last season he added 89 tackles (59 solo/30 asst), another two interceptions and a team-high 12 pass deflections to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
The Thorpe winner is selected by the Jim Thorpe Association from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 on ESPN.
The Thorpe Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-period in the month of July:
Mon., July 8: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tue., July 9: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 10: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thu., July 11: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Fri., July 12: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 15: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 16: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 17: Davey O’Brien Award
Thu., July 18: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 19: Walter Camp Award