Tuesday, November 2, 2010

OSU'S CHIMDI CHEKWA NAMED A SEMIFINALIST FOR THORPE AWARD

Chimdi Chekwa
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has been named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor given to the nation's best collegiate defensive back.

Chekwa has recorded three interceptions (tied for Big Ten lead), 28 total tackles (four for loss), two forced fumbles, five pass break-ups and a sack this season for the No. 11 Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten).

Chekwa posted an incredible performance during last Saturday night's game at Minnesota, recording an interception and a sack in the 52-10 win over the Golden Gophers. His sack of Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber was fumbled and recovered by teammate John Simon, who returned it 30 yards for the Buckeyes final touchdown.

The last Buckeye player to win the Jim Thorpe Award was Malcolm Jenkins in 2008.

The Jim Thorpe Award winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.