The latest watch list prior to the 2012 college football season has been released and it's for the Jim Thorpe Award to recognize the nation's top defensive back. Among the nominees are five different players from four colleges in Florida including two Florida State Seminoles.
Lamarcus Joyner and Xavier Rhodes represent the Seminoles on the list while Matt Elam is the sole Florida Gators representative on the list. Rounding out the list for the Florida universities is Kemal Ishmael from UCF and Jonathan Cyprien of Florida International.
Lawrence Wright of the Florida Gators won the award in 1996, but no player from the state has won since. Louisiana State has won the award in two consecutive seasons and has two players on the 2012 watch list.
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