Penn State football players’ names seem to pop up on preseason award watch lists every day, with Jordan Lucas being named to his second today.
Lucas has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which honors the best defensive back in the nation. Last season, Lucas was tied for third in the Big Ten with 16 passes defended, leading the team with 45 solo tackles. He was also tied for the team lead with three interceptions and broke up 13 passes throughout the season.
With Lucas cementing himself as one of the stalwarts of the Nittany Lions’ defense last season, he will now be called upon to step up as one of the team’s leaders. The Nittany Lions’ pass defense will rely on a similar season from him to be able to contend in the Big Ten, which is a real possibility after the team found its own at the end of last season.
Lucas was previously named to the Bednarik Award watch list, given to the nation’s best defensive player. The team now has players on five different preseason watch lists, which is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Nittany Lions this season.