OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Rutgers junior free safety Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was named to the 2007 Preseason Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award Wednesday. A Second Team BIG EAST selection in 2006, Greene finished second on the team with 82 tackles and led the squad with four interceptions last season.
Greene has started all 25 games of his career at Rutgers and has recorded 198 tackles in two seasons of play for the Scarlet Knights.
The Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college defensive back, is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend", Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The watch list is narrowed to 10 semifinalists the first Monday in November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner is announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, nationally telecast on December 6. The official presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 12.
The Jim Thorpe Award Watch List is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six preseason college football annual magazines. Four points are awarded for First Team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for fourth teams and honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 40 players on the pre-season watch list. This list is not final and players who have good seasons are added as the season progresses.
A "Screening Committee" of Jim Thorpe Association members follows these players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee meets on the first Monday in November to narrow the field to 10 or 12 semifinalists.
The committee meets again on the Monday before Thanksgiving to select the three finalists. The names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner.