K-State senior defensive back Ty Zimmerman was one of 48 players nationally — including eight from the Big 12 — to be named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list on Friday.
Zimmerman’s inclusion on the list, the first of his career, marks the 10th time a Wildcat has been in the running for the award. Most recently, cornerback Nigel Malone was a semifinalist in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Zimmerman is the first Wildcat safety to be a candidate for the award since Jarrod Cooper in 2000.
As a junior in 2012, Zimmerman carded 50 tackles, including three for a loss, to go along with a team-high tying five interceptions. His five picks — four of which came in consecutive games — tied for 10th nationally and were all during Big 12 play to lead the conference. The Junction City product enters the 2013 season in a tie for seventh place in K-State history with 10 interceptions, while his 146 career interception return yards rank eighth.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Oct. 28, while three finalists will be announced on Nov. 25. The winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award will be announced Dec. 12 as part of The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
K-State takes on North Dakota State on Friday, Aug. 30 to open the 2013 campaign and the new West Stadium Center in a 7:30 p.m. contest that will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.