Oct. 9, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss continues to reap the benefits for his solid play in last week's win over North Texas as the New Orleans native has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week and was also tabbed by the College Football Performance Awards as the National Defensive Back of the Week and the National Defensive Performer of the Week.
Doss was also selected as the Conference USA and Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Today, he was named the top defensive back in the nation for week 6.
Doss, who prepped at nearby St. Augustine High School, recorded a pair of interceptions and returned one for a score during last Saturday's 24-21 homecoming victory over North Texas. Doss notched his first pick in the opening quarter and added his second, which he returned it 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Green Wave a 21-7 lead in the third quarter.
For Doss, the interceptions were his third and fourth of the season and he now has nine for his career, which ranks tied for 10th among TU's career leaders. Doss also added three tackles on the day.
With its current overall and conference record, it's the first time the Green Wave is 4-2 since 1997 and started 2-0 in league play for the first since 1998 when Tulane finished 12-0 and won the C-USA title with a 6-0 league record.
Tulane is the top team in the nation in turnovers gained with 18 (11 int./7 fumbles) and has turned the takeaways into 58 points courtesy of seven touchdowns and three field goals.
Doss' four interceptions this season leads C-USA and ranks ninth nationally. He also ranks second in the league and 24th nationally in passes defended with nine on the year.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Green Wave play host to C-USA foe East Carolina at 2:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game against the Pirates is the second of three consecutive home games for the Wave as Tulane will enjoy a bye before squaring off against league foe Tulsa on Oct. 26.
Honorable Mention Players for Week Six:
Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, Junior Cornerback - Purifoy had the best game of his career against Arkansas with four tackles, three pass breakups, one interception, a sack and a forced fumble in the Gators 30-10 win over the Razorbacks. The interception was his first of his career and he returned it 42 yards for a touchdown giving Florida a lead, which it never relinquished.
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, Senior Cornerback - Dennard finished with eight tackles and two interceptions, both career highs in Michigan State's 26-14 win over Iowa. His first interception came midway through the first quarter while his second came at the 5:25 mark of the fourth quarter helping the Spartans preserve the win.
Ladarius Gunter, Miami Fla., Junior Cornerback - Gunter recorded seven tackles, including one for a loss and had a key 30-yard interception return for a touchdown in Miami's 45-30 win over Georgia Tech.
About the Jim Thorpe Award:
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, Jim Thorpe. 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 candidates for the award are selected by a "screening committee" of Jim Thorpe Association members who follow several players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists and the names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner. 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.
The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Oklahoma City, OK. The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
Each week, Phil Steele will be overlooking the candidates issued by the school, the conference and distinguished committee members. After including his own personal input, the winner will be announced every Wednesday at jimthorpeassoc.org and PhilSteele.com.