Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey this week was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
Stuckey, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., is currently second on the team with 56 tackles and has been the anchor of the team’s defense this season. Three times this season he has finished with 10 or more tackles in a game, including 14 against Iowa State, 12 against Colorado and 11 against Duke.
He is also on the watch lists for the Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott awards.
2009 Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalists
Javier Arenas, Sr., Alabama
Eric Berry, Jr., Tennessee
Barry Church, Sr., Toledo
Perrish Cox, Sr., Oklahoma State
Joe Haden, Jr., Florida
Brandon Harris, So., Miami (Fla.)
Taylor Mays, Sr., USC
Tyler Sash, So., Iowa
Darrell Stuckey, Sr., Kansas
Earl Thomas, So., Texas
Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA
Kyle Wilson, Sr., Boise State