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Lorenzo Doss Adds Nagurski Watchlist To Preseason Honors

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Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss picked up his second preseason honor of 2014 when he claimed a spot on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist on Thursday.

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Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss picked up his second preseason honor of 2014 when he claimed a spot on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist on Thursday.
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July 10, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University football standout Lorenzo Doss picked up his second preseason award of the week as the rising junior cornerback was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist as one of the best defensive players in the country, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and The Charlotte Touchdown Club announced Thursday.

The honor comes three days after the native New Orleanian and 2012 graduate of St. Augustine High School was named to the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday. The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993 and renamed the award in 1995 to honor legendary University of Minnesota two-way player Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski in 1995. Nagurski dominated college football and went on to star as a professional with the Chicago Bears in the 1930s and went on to become a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

"As a coaching staff, we knew that Lorenzo Doss was a special player from the time he arrived on campus," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "He's had two outstanding seasons so far and I look forward to watching him continue to develop and help lead this program to greater heights the rest of his career.

"Doss being named to the Nagurski and Bednarik watchlists is validation of how good he really is and it shows how respected he is among the nation's top players. The key for him now is to not relax and feel good about what he's done so far and prove these selection committees right by continuing to play like an elite college student-athlete."

The preseason honors come following a 2013 season which saw Doss claimed second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and The Walter Camp Foundation after 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.

The 2014 Nagurski Trophy Watchlist features 81 student-athletes from around the NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Doss is one of 24 defensive backs on the list, along with 24 linebackers, 23 defensive ends and 10 defensive tackles. Doss is joined on the watchlist by fellow American Athletic Conference stars Martin Ifedi (DE) of Memphis, Tyler Matakevich (LB) of Temple and Derrick Matthews (LB) of Houston.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season with the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club announcing five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20. The Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Dec. 8 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2014 Nagurski winner announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway. Maryland's Randy White, a member of the FWAA's 1974 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

Tulane will kick off the 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28, when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on fellow American newcomer Tulsa at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network 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 in front of a national audience on ESPNews.

For season ticket information, which features 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 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST

TACKLES (10)
Michael Bennett, Ohio State
Malcom Brown, Texas
Christian Covington, Rice
Carl Davis, Iowa
Chucky Hunter, TCU
Grady Jarrett, Clemson
Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Danny Shelton, Washington
Gabe Wright, Auburn

ENDS (23)
Henry Anderson, Stanford
Vic Beasley, Clemson
Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Frank Clark, Michigan
Tyeler Davison, Fresno State
Alvin Dupree, Kentucky
Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State
Devonte Fields, TCU
Trey Flowers, Arkansas
Dante Fowler Jr., Florida
Markus Golden, Missouri
Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Martin Ifedi, Memphis
Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington
Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Ryan Mueller, Kansas State
Shawn Oakman, Baylor
Cedric Reed, Texas
A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
Tony Washington, Oregon
Leonard Williams, USC

LINEBACKERS (24)
Stephone Anthony, Clemson
Kelby Brown, Duke
Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
Trey DePriest, Alabama
Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Alani Fua, BYU
Bryce Hager, Baylor
Ben Heeney, Kansas
Myles Jack, UCLA
Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Derrick Malone, Oregon
Tyler Matakevich, Temple
Derrick Matthews, Houston
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
Denzel Perryman, Miami
Hayes Pullard, USC
Jake Ryan, Michigan
Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Eric Striker, Oklahoma
A.J. Tarpley, Stanford
Shaq Thompson, Washington
Ramik Wilson, Georgia

BACKS (24)
Craig Bills, BYU
Alex Carter, Stanford
Sam Carter, TCU
Jeremy Cash, Duke
Landon Collins, Alabama
Blake Countess, Michigan
Su'a Cravens, USC
Quandre Diggs, Texas
Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
Anthony Harris, Virginia
Steven Nelson, Oregon State
Marcus Peters, Washington
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
Jordan Richards, Stanford
KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
Derron Smith, Fresno State
Jared Tevis, Arizona
Trae Waynes, Michigan State
P.J. Williams, Florida State