Boise State Bronco Safety Darian Thompson Is One of 16 Semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award

Darian Thompson was recognized again today for his stellar play this season.

BOISE, Idaho--Boise State senior safety Darian Thompson has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced this morning.

Thompson, who is tied with Utah's Eric Weddle for the Mountain West Conference career interceptions record with 18, is the only remaining candidate from the conference.  Thompson is also tied with former Bronco great Gabe Franklin for third for the most career interceptions at Boise State.

When asked about Darian's propensity for getting picks, Marcel Yates, Thompson's defensive coordinator at Boise State said, "He just has a knack for finding the ball.  I think it just comes back to studying the game, knowing your opponent, playing with good technique, good eyes, and just being there."

Three Thorpe Award finalists will be named Monday, November 23rd and the winner will be announced at the College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 10.

Thompson has four interceptions and three pass breakups this season and leads the Bronco defense with 49 tackles.  Thompson is tied for ninth in the country in interceptions and also has four tackles-for-loss and a sack this season.

In addition to being considered for the Jim Thorpe Award, Thompson is also on watch lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.  Thompson and the Broncos travel to play UNLV this Saturday afternoon.

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