Two members of Alabama’s secondary were named to the 13-man midseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive back.
Safety/cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Levi Wallace both made the list. Alabama and Penn State were the only schools with two representatives on the midseason watch list.
Fitzpatrick ranks third on the team with 35 tackles, including five tackles for loss. He also has one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and four passes broken up. The junior is one of the leaders for the Crimson Tide and has played multiple positions on defense.
Wallace has been a stingy defender in his first season as a starter. He has three interceptions and nine pass breakups to lead the team in both categories. Wallace also has 23 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and posted two sacks this weekend against Tennessee.
Alabama has only had one player with the Thorpe Award in its history. Antonio Langham won it in 1991.
You can see the full watch list here.