Thorpe Award


Two Football Defensive Backs, Lewis and Young, Named to Thorpe Watch List

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University football defensive back duo of Shelton Lewis and Jalen Young have both been named as part of the Preseason Watch List for the 2018 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.
In all, 35 players were selected across 11 conferences, four of which represent Conference USA. In addition to the two Owl seniors, recognized too were Marshall's Malik Grant and Amik Robertson of Louisiana Tech. FAU was only one of six teams to have two honorees, joining Boise State, Georgia, Miami, USC and Washington.
Lewis and Young, hailing from Orlando and Belle Glade, respectively, combined for 11 interceptions, 20 pass breakups and 124 tackles during the 2017 season. Young's seven pickoffs were good enough for second nationally, while Lewis led the Owls with with eight breakups. Both were named Preseason All-Conference USA as well.
FAU's upcoming season opener takes place on Saturday, Sept. 1, on the road against Oklahoma. The first opportunity for fans to see the team at FAU Stadium is the next week, versus Air Force. For single-game or season tickets, visit or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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