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Andre Chachere Named To Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

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The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is awarded to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.

While they didn't make the watch list for the Thorpe Award, the Trojans feature another pair of defensive backs who could force their way into the Thorpe conversation with a big enough step forward this season - Marvell Tell and Chris Hawkins.

Virginia Tech senior cornerback Greg Stroman has been tabbed to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, the award's committee announced Friday. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. He also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

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Fitzpatrick finished fourth on the team last season with 66 tackles. He was honored as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Rose Bowl Player of the Week for his 22-tackle effort versus Minnesota Oct. 1. The senior is tied for the team lead among returning Bruin players with 31 career starts. He added 5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Blanding has finished the past three seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and his 358 career stops now ranks No. 9 all-time in the UVA annals.

The Thorpe Award is presented to the nation's top defensive back.

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