Former All-Americans Named to Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

2018 All-American Bowl alum Talanoa Hufanga.
All-American Bowl

The official Watch List for the 2020 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award was released on Monday. The award is annually given the nation’s top defensive back.

A total of seven former All-American Bowl athletes were named on the preseason candidates list.

  • Talanoa Hufanga (USC)
  • Derion Kendrick (Clemson)
  • Richard LeCounte (Georgia)
  • Caden Sterns (Texas)
  • Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)
  • Patrick Surtain (Alabama)
  • Shaun Wade (Ohio State)

In 2018, All-American Bowl alum DeAndre Baker took home the coveted award.

Make sure to watch the twenty first edition of the All-American Bowl, Brown will play in the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, January 9, 2021 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Bowl will be nationally televised, live on NBC at 1:00 PM ET, and will feature the nation’s top 100 high school football players.

About the All-American Bowl

As an NBC Sports-owned property, the All-American Bowl is part of a marquee lineup of elite events that includes the Olympics, the NHL, the Premier League, and the number one primetime show since 2011: Sunday Night Football. The All-American Bowl is annually the most-watched, most-talked about, and most-prestigious high school all-star event with more than 4,500,000 unique television viewers and over 25,000 in attendance. The history and tradition of the All-American Bowl is unparalleled: 450 draft picks; 66 Super Bowl champions; 160 Pro Bowl selections; 17 Heisman finalists including, but not limited to: Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, and Trevor Lawrence. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@AABonNBC).