UCLA’s Fabian Moreau and Ishmael Adams have both made the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country.
Moreau was also named on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy for top defensive player. Once talked about as an All-America candidate by both the media and head coach Jim Mora, he heads into his final season having been closer to good than great. He made 53 tackles and defended eight passes last fall, earning an All-Pac-12 second – team nod.
While Moreau still has a high ceiling, Adams’ stock slipped a bit this past spring camp. Marcus Rios passed Adams for a first-string cornerback spot, likely pushing him to a nickelback role.
Adams, a dangerous kick returner, was also named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award for most versatile player.