Landon Collins had a very good finish for Alabama last year. He finished second on the team in tackles to All-America C.J. Mosley with 70 and had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. And the upcoming junior from Geismer, La., was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back.
Thus, it is no surprise that when the Jim Thorpe Association announced its watch list for 2014 that Collins was one of 39 selected.
Earlier this week, Collins, 6-0, 215, had been named to watch lists for both the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as the nation’s best defensive player.
The award is named for Jim Thorpe, a former Walter Camp All-America selection in 1911 and 1912.
Alabama has had only one winner of the award, cornerback Antonio Langham in 1993.
Last year’s Thorpe Award winner was Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State.
Announcement of the Jim Thorpe Award winner will be made Dec. 11 at the College Football Awards Show.
Landon Collins was not a starter when Alabama opened the 2013 season. Both Alabama safeties, HaHa Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri, were all-star candidates. But midway through the season, Sunseri went down with an injury and Collins finished the season as a starting safety.