Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior cornerback Asher Allen has been named one of 13 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, according to an announcement bythe Jim Thorpe Association.
Allen is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference still vying
for the award given to the nation¹s best collegiate defensive back.
Allen, a 5-10, 190-pound native of Tucker, Ga., is fourth on the Bulldog
defense with 34 tackles and leads the team with seven pass break-ups. He
also has 3.5 tackles for loss and one recovered fumble nine games into the
The award, named after Oklahoma born Native American sports legend Jim
Thorpe, is presented annually to the defensive back who best exhibits
performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The semifinalist
list will be narrowed to three finalists on Monday, Nov. 24, and the winner
will be announced on the ESPNU College Football Awards Show, broadcast
nationally on Thursday, Dec. 11. Formal presentation will be at a banquet
in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 11, 2009.