Sash a Thorpe semifinalist

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 05, 2009 7:20 AM

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On Wednesday, officials announced that Iowa sophomore safety Tyler Sash has been recognized as a semifinalist for this year’s Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to college football’s top defensive back.

Through nine games this season, the Oskaloosa native has hauled in six interceptions, including one for an 86-yard touchdown return in the Hawkeyes’ 42-24 victory over Indiana on Oct. 31 at Kinnick Stadium. He also has amassed 64 tackles this year.

Other semifinalists for this year’s award include Tennessee’s Eric Berry, Florida’s Joe Haden, Miami’s Brandon Harris, USC’s Taylor Mays, and Texas’ Earl Thomas.

Finalists will be announced on Nov. 23, and the winner will be declared on Dec. 10 during the ESPNU College Football Awards Show. Last year’s honor went to Ohio State’s Malcolm Jenkins, now a cornerback on the New Orleans Saints.

— by Brendan Stiles

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