Stewart Named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

    July 11, 2014

    HOUSTON - Houston junior defensive back Trevon Stewart has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list announced Friday. The Patterson, La., native led the nation in 2013 with 10 takeaways, collecting a nation’s best and Houston single-season record six fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

    Stewart is the fifth UH student-athlete this week to be named to a national award watch list, joining junior receiver Deontay Greenberry and sophomore quarterback John O’Korn, who were named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday, senior center Bryce Redman, who was placed on the Rimington Trophy watch list Tuesday, and senior linebacker Derrick Mathews, who was named to the Nagurski Trophy watch list on Thursday.

    Stewart, who has been named first team preseason All-American Athletic Conference by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports, shared Houston’s 2013 Wilson Whitley Defensive MVP honor with Mathews after finishing the season third on the team with 109 tackles.

    Stewart had double-digit tackles in five straight games including a season-best 13 tackles at UCF while also breaking up five passes and forcing fumbles vs. Memphis and Rutgers. Stewart’s six fumble recoveries placed Stewart third on the UH career chart for the statistical category.

    The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

    The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11, on ESPN.

    The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.

    Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

    Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.

    University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

    Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.



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