Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss was named to the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist as one of the best defensive players in all of college football.
July 7, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - While several months have passed since the Green Wave football team last took to the gridiron, Tulane standout Lorenzo Doss picked up where he left off last season when it comes to awards as the junior cornerback was named to the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist as one of the top defensive players in the nation on Monday.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of the former UPenn and Philadelphia Eagles star who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
The honor comes one year after Doss claimed second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and The Walter Camp Foundation when he led the team with seven interceptions - including two returned for touchdowns - while finishing third with nine pass break-ups and 10th with 34 tackles (25 solo, 9 assists).
In addition to claiming All-America status following his sophomore campaign, Doss also claimed Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year distinction from SB Nation and College Sports Madness, was tabbed Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, earned first-team All C-USA honors by the league coaches and media members as well as from College Sports Madness and was listed first-team All-Louisiana by the LSWA.
While helping the Green Wave post a 7-6 record and qualify for a bowl game for the first time in over a decade, Doss finished the 2013 campaign second in C-USA in interceptions per game (0.5) and third in passes defensed per outing (1.2) while ranking fourth and 22nd nationally in the respective categories.
Doss was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after picking off two passes, returning one 59 yards for a touchdown, and posting three tackles (2 solo, 1 assist) against North Texas on Oct. 5. He also had a 69-yard pick-six and a fumble return of 31 yards while posting four stops (1 solo, 3 assists) at FAU on Nov. 2.
He tied a career high with six tackles (3 solo, 3 assists) to go with half a tackle for loss and a pair of pass break-ups at Rice on Nov. 30 and had a career-high three pass break-ups to go with an interception and a solo tackle at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12. Doss had two-tackle performances on five occasions, including games with an interception vs. Jackson State on Aug. 29, adding a tackle for loss vs. East Carolina on Oct. 12, breaking up a pair of passes at UTSA on Nov. 9 and pulling down an interception against UTEP on Nov. 23. Doss' other pick came against Tulsa on Oct. 26.
Doss has played in all 25 games with 22 starts for his career, posting 78 tackles (58 solo, 20 assists) with 12 interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 tackles for loss. He shares the Tulane career record in interceptions returned for touchdowns with a pair while ranking second with 264 interception return yards and tied for sixth with 12 picks.
In the Tulane single-season record book, Doss sits sixth and tied for eighth in interceptions with seven in 2013 and five in 2012, respectively, while ranking seventh with a 26.4 yards-per-interception-return average last season.
Doss is one of four student-athletes from American Athletic Conference institutions to earn a spot on the 2014 Bednarik Award Watchlist, joining Memphis defensive end Martin Ifedi, Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich and UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 3 with the three finalists being unveiled on Nov. 24. The winners of the Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 11, 2014. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Revel Casino Hotel Atlantic City on March 6, 2015.
The watchlist candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2014 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
Tulane will kick off the 2014 on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American Athletic Conference newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. before opening the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. in the new, on-campus Yulman Stadium.
For season ticket information, which packages starting as low as $200, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283). The Tulane Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, log onto the official website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
2014 CHUCK BEDNARICK AWARD WATCHLIST
Henry Anderson DE Stanford Senior Stephone Anthony LB Clemson Senior Vic Beasley DE Clemson Senior Michael Bennett DT Ohio State Senior Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Sophomore Kelby Brown LB Duke Senior Malcom Brown DT Texas Junior Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State Junior Alex Carter CB Stanford Junior Sam Carter S TCU Senior Jeremy Cash S Duke Junior Frank Clark DE Michigan Senior Landon Collins S Alabama Junior Christian Covington DT Rice Junior Su'a Cravens S USC Sophomore Carl Davis DT Iowa Senior Trey DePriest LB Alabama Senior Quandre Diggs CB Texas Senior Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane Junior Kurtis Drummond S Michigan State Senior Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky Senior Mario Edwards DE Florida State Junior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Senior Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State Junior Devonte Fields DE TCU Sophomore Trey Flowers DE Arkansas Senior Leonard Floyd LB Georgia Sophomore Dante Fowler DE Florida Junior Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech Sophomore Markus Golden DE Missouri Senior Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Junior Bryce Hager LB Baylor Senior Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida Sophomore Eli Harold DE Virginia Junior Anthony Harris S Virginia Senior Ben Heeney LB Kansas Senior Chucky Hunter DT TCU Senior Martin Ifedi DE Memphis Senior Myles Jack LB UCLA Sophomore Grady Jarrett DT Clemson Senior Jordan Jenkins LB Georgia Junior A.J. Johnson LB Tennessee Senior Karl Joseph S West Virginia Junior Eric Kendricks LB UCLA Senior Hau'oli Kikaha LB Washington Senior Jordan Lucas CB Penn State Junior Luther Maddy DT Virginia Tech Senior Tyler Matakevich LB Temple Junior Lorenzo Mauldin LB Louisville Senior Benardrick McKinney LB Mississippi St. Junior Ryan Mueller DE Kansas State Senior Shawn Oakman DE Baylor Junior Norkeithus Otis DE North Carolina Senior Denzel Perryman LB Miami Senior Terrance Plummer LB UCF Senior Cody Prewitt S Ole Miss Senior Hayes Pullard LB USC Senior Cedric Reed DE Texas Senior Jordan Richards S Stanford Senior A'Shawn Robinson DE Alabama Sophomore James Rouse DT Marshall Senior KeiVarae Russell CB Notre Dame Junior Jake Ryan LB Michigan Senior Frank Shannon LB Oklahoma Junior Danny Shelton DT Washington Senior Derron Smith S Fresno State Senior Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame Sophomore Eric Striker LB Oklahoma Junior Charles Tapper DE Oklahoma Junior A.J. Tarpley LB Stanford Senior Robenson Therezie S Auburn Senior Shaq Thompson LB Washington Junior Trae Waynes CB Michigan State Junior Leonard Williams DE USC Junior P.J. Williams CB Florida State Junior Ramik Wilson LB Georgia Senior