Blue Named Semi-Finalist For Jim Thorpe Award
Greg Blue
Greg Blue

Posted Nov 9, 2005

ATHENS - University of Georgia free safety Greg Blue has been named one of 12 semi-finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation¹s top defensive back. The list for the award will be cut to three players on Nov. 21 and the Jim Thorpe winner will be announced on ESPN¹s College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.

While starting all eight games for Georgia (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), Blue leads the team with 62 tackles and has registered 3.5 tackles for a loss. The former Banneker High School standout is also tied for a team-high two interceptions for a Bulldog defense that is ranked second in the SEC by allowing its opponents to average only 288.9 yards in total offense.

Greg Blue is one of three SEC players who are finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. Carlos Rogers, who played for Auburn last season and now takes the field with the Washington Redskins, was the 2004 award winner.

The other 11 semi-finalists are: junior Darnell Bing ­ USC, senior Darrel Brooks ­ Arizona, senior Dion Byrum ­ Ohio, junior Charles Gordon ­ Kansas, senior Roman Harper ­ Alabama, senior Michael Huff ­ Texas, senior Tye Hill ­ Clemson, junior LaRon Landry ­ LSU, junior Brandon Merriweather ­ Miami (FL), senior Jimmy Williams ­ Virginia Tech and senior Alan Zemaitis ­ Penn State.

Following an off-week last Saturday, Blue and the rest of the No. 9th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 15th-ranked Auburn at Sanford Stadium on Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. ET.

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