Louisiana Tech senior safety Xavier Woods has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday. The award is presented to the nation’s best defensive back.

The Thorpe Award is named after history’s greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football at which he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Woods leads the Bulldog defense with four interceptions this season for 45 yards, while the senior has totaled 53 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. Woods’ fourth interception of the season this past weekend at FIU was the 13th of his career, which ranks fifth all-time in Louisiana Tech history.


LSU senior cornerback Tre’Davious White has been named as one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award the organization announced Monday morning, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back.

Whittled down from a preseason watch list of 39 back in July, White is one of three players from the Southeastern Conference to be named a semifinalist, with the Big Ten leading the way with four selections.

Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, White has started all seven games for the Tigers this season tying for the team lead with two interceptions to go along with his 23 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He’s been an integral part of the LSU defense since his debut season in 2013, starting 42 total games in his career.