Greer, who has started for most of the past two seasons, led Tennessee with 14 pass breakups last fall, doubling the total of runnerup Baker. He won the 60-meter hurdles title at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last winter.
The Thorpe watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November and to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show, scheduled to air December 11.
Players not on the list who have exceptional seasons may be added at a later date. Thus, UT strong safety Gibril Wilson could move into contention for the Thorpe Award with a big senior season.