Barron and Kirkpatrick Semifinalists for Thorpe Award


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Post season nominations keep coming in for the Alabama football team, earlier last week it was announced that several Tide players were up for the Lombardi Award and today, Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick were named two of the 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award.

The Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the top defensive back in college football; both Barron and Kirkpatrick have led the Tide’s secondary this season.

Barron so far this season has 40 tackles, with 27 solo stops; the safety also has added 3.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, broken up five passes, and recovered a fumble.

Kirkpatrick is becoming known as the Tide’s "assassin" on defense because of the hard licks he has delivered this season. Kirkpatrick has tallied 19 tackles (18 unassisted) and has added two tackles for a loss, eight broken up passes, and he has forced two fumbles.

Former Tide cornerback Antonio Langham won the award back in 1993.

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