Pitt, WVU defensive backs on list for Jim Thorpe Award

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The 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list, with 35 candidates in all, was announced today.

The watch list for the award -- given by the National College Football Awards Association at season's end to college football's finest defensive back -- includes three local players; Pitt's Dom DeCicco and West Virginia's Robert Sands and Brandon Hogan.

DeCicco, a senior from Thomas Jefferson High School, was an All-Big East selection after compiling 88 tackles and three interceptions last year.

Hogan, a senior cornerback, returns after leading the Mountaineers last season with 46 solo tackles and 11 pass breakups. Sands, a fierce-hitting junior safety, had 65 tackles for West Virginia a season ago.

The full preseason watch list:

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech

Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State

Don Decicco, S, Pittsburgh

Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

Blake Gideon, S, Texas

Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

Will Hill, S, Florida

Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State

Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia

Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State

Jaiquwn Jarrett, S, Temple

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State

Tejay Johnson, S, TCU

Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho

Brian Lainhart, S, Kent State

DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Tyler Sash, S, Iowa

Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona

Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1720

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