Northwestern senior safety Brian Peters and Notre Dame senior safety Harrison Smith were named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list on Monday.
The Thorpe Award is given to the nation’s top defensive back. Peters led Northwestern with 107 tackles, which ranked sixth in the Big Ten, and had three interceptions last season. He was a second-team all-Big Ten selection by the media.
Smith had 93 tackles and a team-leading seven interceptions for the Irish last season
LSU’s Patrick Peterson won the award last year.