App State’s Shaun Jolly Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

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App State’s Shaun Jolly Named to Thorpe Award Watch List


BOONE, N.C. — App State junior cornerback Shaun Jolly has received more preseason recognition, as he’s been named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Last week, Jolly made the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in college football. The Thorpe Award watch list includes 49 of the nation’s best defensive backs.

Jolly already has been named a preseason All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation (first team), Street and Smith (second team), Sporting News (second team) and Phil Steele (fourth team).

Last season, as a sophomore and first-year starter, Jolly was named a second-team All-American by PFF College, which assigned him an overall performance grade of 91.7 that tied for first place nationally among 496 qualifying FBS cornerbacks. He intercepted five passes in 2019, tied for the FBS lead with two pick-six touchdowns and added eight PBUs, 45 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.

A preseason watch list is compiled by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame based on previous performance and preseason All-America lists. A screening committee, consisting of OSHOF members, monitor the watch list players and narrow the field to 10 to 15 semifinalists on the first Monday of November.