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Oklahoma football: Sooners defensive back Tony Jefferson named a Thorpe Award semifinalist

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 29, 2012

Oklahoma junior defensive back Tony Jefferson has been named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top defensive back.

The Jim Thorpe Association, based out of Oklahoma City, announced the 15 semifinalists on Monday.

Here are the semifinalists:

* Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State

* Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So. Oregon

* Matt Elam, Jr. Florida

* Tony Jefferson, Jr., Oklahoma

* Nigel Malone, Sr., Kansas State

* Dexter McCoil, Sr., Tulsa

* T.J. McDonald, Sr., USC

* Dee Milliner, Jr., Alabama

* Zeke Motta, Sr., Notre Dame

* Jordan Poyer, Sr., Oregon State

* Eric Reid, Jr., LSU

* Xavier Rhodes, Jr., Florida State

* Bradley Roby, Soph., Ohio State

* Logan Ryan, Jr., Rutgers

* Phillip Thomas, Sr., Fresno State

The three Thorpe Award finalists will be named on November 19th and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6th on ESPN. The winner of the 2012 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on February 5, 2013.