Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Prentiss Waggner named to Thorpe Award watch list

The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Tennessee cornerback Prentiss Waggner.

Waggner, the junior defensive back, was one of 37 players across the country named to the Thorpe Award watch list Monday. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the nation's top defensive back.

So far, Waggner has been named to four preseason watch lists. In the spring, he was placed on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list and, last week, received similar recognition from the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski award committees.

Waggner, after moving from safety to cornerback, finished 2010 tied for third in the SEC and 15th in the nation with five interceptions. His three interception returns for a touchdown set a UT record. With Janzen Jackson set to return to the team at safety, Waggner, who played safety during the spring, could be back at cornerback in 2011.

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