Central Michigan senior cornerback Amari Coleman has been tabbed to the watch list for the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, which was announced by the award committee Friday.
The award has annually recognized the best defensive back in the country since 1986, won by Iowa's Desmond King and Adoree' Jackson of USC the past two years.
Coleman is one of 45 players nationally to make the list as well as one of three athletes from the Mid-American Conference to be included.
Starting every game last season, Coleman joined teammate Malik Fountain on the 2016 All-MAC Defensive First-Team. The Flint, Michigan, native led CMU with four interceptions and 19 pass breakups, both were tied for first overall in the conference.
He did not play in last year's Miami Beach Bowl due to injury. In 2015, Coleman earned CMU's Defensive Newcomer of the Year award after recording 43 tackles and finishing second on the team with seven pass breakups.
The winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 7, 2017, on ESPN. Players can be added to the list based on quality of performances throughout the regular season.
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