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Jourdan Lewis Named Semifinalist for Jim Thorpe Award

Michigan's shutdown corner is in the mix -- perhaps even the favorite -- for the award that goes to the best defensive back in college football.

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Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis has been named one of the 16 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, according to a release from U-M Athletics.

The Thorpe Award goes to the nation's top defensive back. Lewis is Michigan's first semifinalist since Leon Hall in 2006.

He has 16 pass breakups on the year, which is two shy of the season record at Michigan, which is held by Hall and Marlin Jackson, respectively.

Lewis was also recently named to the Bednarik Award watch list, which goes to the top overall defensive player in college football.

Both awards are presented on Dec. 10 at the Home Depot College Awards show.

The rest of the semifinalists for the Thorpe Award are:

Mackensie Alexander, Clemson, So.

Vonn Bell, Ohio State, Jr.

Jeremy Cash, Duke, Sr.

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, Jr.

Mike Hilton, Mississippi, Sr.

Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Jr.

Desmond King, Iowa, Jr.

Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Jr.

Shawun Lurry, N. Illinois, So.

Adrian McDonald, Houston, Sr.

Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma St., Sr.

Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, Jr.

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, Jr.

Jordan Simone, Arizona St., Sr.

Darian Thompson, Boise State, Sr.

Tre'Davious White, LSU, Jr.