Kansas State senior safety Ty Zimmerman is one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, the Jim Thorpe Association announced Monday.
A product of Junction City, Zimmerman is the fifth player from K-State to be named a semifinalist following Jamie Mendez (1993), Chris Canty (1995 and 1996), Terence Newman (2001 and 2002) and Nigel Malone (2011 and 2012).
Zimmerman has 55 tackles this season and ranks second on the team and is tied for fifth in the Big 12. He picked off his 11th career pass against Louisiana and returned it 32 yards for his first-career touchdown. He is tied for sixth in KSU history in career interceptions. In addition, Zimmerman has broken up four other passes, has three tackles for loss and forced a fumble last week against West Virginia that led to a K-State touchdown.
One of the most experienced players in K-State history, Zimmerman has started 43 career games to rank fifth nationally among active players, while he has 237 tackles to sit just 12 shy of entering the school’s career Top-25 list.