OKLAHOMA CITY—Miami University senior cornerback Dayonne Nunley earned a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which includes 48 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing eight conferences and one independent. He is one of three Mid-American Conference defensive backs to appear on the watch list, which was released Friday.
A two-time First-Team All-MAC selection, Nunley returns to anchor the RedHawk secondary. Owning 12 career interceptions, Nunley ranks sixth on Miami’s career list heading into his senior campaign. He also has recorded 37 pass breakups and 19 tackles for loss during his three-year career. As a freshman, Nunley was tabbed the Defensive MVP of the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, the Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, 2013 on ESPN.