Stanford senior strong safety Jordan Richards has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List as one of 39 preseason candidates for the award.
One of the nation's premier student-athletes, Richards earned Capitol One Academic All-America honors last year and is a preseason All-American by Athlon. Additionally, he is one of two Stanford players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, honoring overall performance and character.
He has previously been named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Nagurski Award (outstanding defensive player).
Richards is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic and honorable mention pick. Last year he logged 69 tackles with four coming for a loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups. Like Carter, he was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List earlier in the week.
The Jim Thorpe Award was established in 1986 and is named after one of history's great 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.
Six Cardinal players on the 2013-14 team have been honored as ITA All-Academic Team honorees.
Jamin Ball, John Morrissey, Maciek Romanowicz, Robert Stineman, Trey Strobel and Anthony Tsodikov were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: (1) be a varsity letterwinner, (2) have a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and (3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).