Oregon leads the nation with three nominees for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award (there are 40 on the pre-season watch list). This award is given annually to the top defensive back in the country.
Oregon senior rover Patrick Chung, junior cornerbacks Jairus Byrd and Walter Thurmond, joined four other candidates from the Pac-10 and no other school in the nation had more than two candidates.
To receive this honor a player must demonstrate on-the-field performance, athletic ability and character. The field of candidates will be narrowed to approximately 10 semifinalists in early November. (Photo courtesy of GoDucks.com.)