Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss claimed a spot on the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award Watchlist as one of the best defensive backs in all of college football.
July 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - In what has rapidly become a reoccurring theme around the national college football landscape, Tulane University football standout Lorenzo Doss picked up his third preseason award of the week as the rising junior cornerback was named to the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award Watchlist as one of the best defensive backs in the country, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame - in conjunction with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) - announced Friday.
The honor comes one day after the native New Orleanian and 2012 graduate of St. Augustine High School was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watchlist by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) while he claimed a spot on the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday. The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, James Francis "Jim" Thorpe.
"This is another well-deserved honor for a very special player," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "As I've said before, Lorenzo Doss has been a tremendous player for us since his freshman season and we all look forward to seeing what he will do in 2014 and beyond. All of this national attention will no doubt put additional pressure on his shoulders, but he and his teammates realize that there are 11 players on the field at a time and it will take all of them playing cohesively to the best of their abilities to achieve our goals - which are to make a run at the American title and make it back to a bowl game."
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.
Doss is one of 39 student-athletes from around the nation earning a spot on the Thorpe Preseason Watchlist, joining fellow Louisiana player TreDavious White of LSU and fellow American Athletic Conference players Trevon Stewart of Houston and the UCF tandem of Clayton Geathers and Jacoby Glenn.
A Native American with European ancestry who grew up in the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma, Thorpe was born Wa-Tho-Huk and went on to win Olympic gold in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, as well as playing both professional football, baseball and basketball.
Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. He played a part of several All-American Indian teams throughout his career and barnstormed as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians. From 1920-21, Thorpe was the first president of the American Professional Football Association (APFA), which would become the NFL in 1922.
A collegiate All-American at Carlisle in both 1911 and 1912, he played professional football with the Canton Bulldogs from 1915-17, Cleveland Indians in 1921, Oorang Indians from 1922-23, Rock Island Independents in 1924, the New York Giants and Rock Island Independents in 1925, the Tampa Cardinals and Canton Bulldogs in 1926, and the Chicago Cardinals in 1928.
Thorpe played Major League Baseball with the New York Giants from 1913-15 and from 1917-19, the Cincinnati Reds in 1917 and the Boston Braves in 1921 where he hit a combined .252 with seven home runs and 82 RBI. He also played basketball where by 1926 he was the main feature of the "World Famous Indians" of LaRue, which sponsored traveling football, baseball and basketball teams. "Jim Thorpe and His World-Famous Indians" barnstormed for at least two years (1927-28) in parts of New York and Pennsylvania as well as Marion, Ohio.
In addition to his playing career Thorpe also served as head football coach at Indiana University in 1915, as well as for the Canton Bulldogs from 1915-20, the Cleveland Indians in 1921, the Oorang Indians from 1922-23 and the Tampa Cardinals in 1926.
He was a Green Bay Press-Gazette first-team All-Pro on the gridiron in 1923, as a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team and NFL 50th Anniversary Team, and was inducted into the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame in 1951 and 1963, respectively.
The Jim Thorpe Award Watchlist 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, Dec. 11, 2014 on ESPN. The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in Oklahoma City.
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 Newtwork 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 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST
Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee, Jr.
Bryce Callahan, Rice, Sr.
Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern, Sr.
Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.
Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.
Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan, Sr.
Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.
Blake Countess, Michigan, Jr.
Su'a Cravens, USC, So.
Donte Deayon, Boise State, Jr.
Quandre Diggs, Texas, Sr.
Lorenzo Doss, Tulane, Jr.
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State, Sr.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.
Clayton Geathers, UCF, Sr.
Jacoby Glenn, UCF, So.
Vernon Hargreaves, Florida, So.
Anthony Harris, Virginia, Sr.
Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State, Jr.
Jeremy Ioane, Boise State, Sr.
Jordan Lucas, Penn State, Jr.
Marcus Peters, Washington, Jr.
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, So.
Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.
Derron Smith, Fresno State, Sr.
D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
Trevon Stewart, Houston, Jr.
Brian Suite, Utah State, Sr.
Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky, Sr.
Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.
Ryland Ward, Bowling Green, Jr.
Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.
Tre'Davious White, LSU, So.
J.J. Whittaker, San Diego State, Sr.
PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.
Sterling Young, Arkansas State, Sr.