He has also earned spots on the Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year) and Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year) watch lists.
The Jim Thorpe award is given to college football's best defensive back on and off the field, previously awarded to athletes such as Eric Berry, Malcolm Jenkins and future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson.
Appalachian State's Clifton Duck, the Sun Belt Conference's Rookie of the Year and a freshman All-American last season, is one of two players from state colleges named Friday to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award.More news: Man said he killed, burned 4 after drug deals
Stroman broke out last season after setting career-highs in interceptions (3) and passes defended (13).
Edwards led all Southeastern Conference defensive backs in tackles in 2016 with 100 and was one of just six players overall in the SEC with 100 or more tackles on the season. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back.
While they didn't make the watch list for the Thorpe Award, the Trojans feature another pair of defensive backs who could force their way into the Thorpe conversation with a big enough step forward this season - Marvell Tell and Chris Hawkins.More news: U.S. denies visas to Russian replacements for expelled diplomats - Moscow
Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2010 and 2011.
A screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players chooses the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
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Three finalists will be named on November 20 and invited to attend the annual College Football Awards Show on December 7 in Atlanta.
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