Colorado's Chidobe Awuzie continues to get noticed this summer.

On Monday, the senior was named as one 39 players on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in the country.

Last week, Awuzie was named to the watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards, which are separate honors for the best defensive player in the nation.

CU has had two Thorpe Award winners in the past, with Deon Figures taking the award in 1992 and Chris Hudson in 1994.


Leading up to Pac-12 media days, which will be held this week in Hollywood, the conference asked members of the media to predict the order of finish in each division. Here's the ballot I submitted:

North Division
1. Stanford - They've got Christian McCaffrey, some of the best OL and DL in the country and the best coach (David Shaw) in the conference.
2. Washington - Coach Chris Peterson has good weapons on offense and two of the best DBs in the country.
3. Oregon - Led by Heisman candidate Royce Freeman, Ducks are good enough to win this division.
4. Washington State - Big-time firepower on offense, but defense may not be good enough to win division.
5. California - Getting QB Davis Webb was nice, but Bears lost top six receivers. The man Webb replaces - Jared Goff, who went No. 1 in the NFL Draft - was 13-12 the last two years (7-11 in the Pac-12).
6. Oregon State - Gary Andersen is a great coach, but he's got a big job ahead of him.


South Division
1. UCLA - I see the South as a two-team race and the nod goes to the Bruins, who have the QB in the conference (Josh Rosen) and talent everywhere else, too.
2. USC - New QB will have the best OL and maybe the best WR (JuJu Smith-Schuster) in the country. Defense is pretty good, too.
3. Arizona - With QB Anu Solomon and RB Nick Wilson, the Wildcats may have enough to finish third.
4. Colorado - Buffs have a bunch of experience on both sides of the ball as they seek their best-ever Pac-12 finish.
5. Arizona State - They were 6-7 last year with an experienced QB. Now, they have no experience at QB, and have five Pac-12 games on the road.
6. Utah - Utes could be really good on defense, but offense may struggle to keep up.

Championship game - Stanford over UCLA


  • A few players have changed numbers this year: WR Shay Fields will wear No. 1 (5 last year); TE/FB George Frazier will wear No. 5 (18 last year); walk-on QB T.J. Patterson will wear No. 18 (9 last year); and DL Josh Tupou will wear No. 58 (55 when he last played in 2014).
  • Walk-on tight ends Brian Boatman and Chris Hill are both fourth-year juniors who have elected to make this their senior season.
  • This week, Awuzie and quarterback Sefo Liufau will join head coach Mike MacIntyre in representing CU at Pac-12 media days.

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