Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss lands on Nagurski watch list

Tulane junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss landed a spot on a second preseason awards watch list as he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list as one of the best defensive players in the country, the Football Writers Association of America and The Charlotte Touchdown Club announced Thursday.

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Cornerback, Lorenzo Doss warms up and practices during Tulane's football spring practice at the Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Cornerback, Lorenzo Doss warms up and practices during Tulane's football spring practice at the Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

The honor comes three days after the native New Orleanian was named to the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award watch list Monday.

The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993 and renamed the award in 1995 to honor legendary University of Minnesota two-way player Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski in 1995.

“As a coaching staff, we knew that Lorenzo Doss was a special player from the time he arrived on campus,” Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. “He’s had two outstanding seasons so far, and I look forward to watching him continue to develop and help lead this program to greater heights the rest of his career.

“Doss being named to the Nagurski and Bednarik watch lists is validation of how good he really is, and it shows how respected he is among the nation’s top players. The key for him now is to not relax and feel good about what he’s done so far and prove these selection committees right by continuing to play like an elite college student-athlete.”

Last season, Doss claimed second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and The Walter Camp Foundation after he led the team with seven interceptions — including two returned for touchdowns — while finishing third with nine pass breakups and 10th with 34 tackles (25 solo, 9 assists).

Doss also claimed Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year distinction from SB Nation and College Sports Madness, was tabbed Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, earned first-team All C-USA honors by the league coaches and media members as well as from College Sports Madness and was listed first-team All-Louisiana by the LSWA.

Doss finished the 2013 campaign second in C-USA in interceptions per game (0.5) and third in passes defensed per outing (1.2) while ranking fourth and 22nd nationally in the respective categories.

Doss has played in all 25 games with 22 starts for his career, posting 78 tackles (58 solo, 20 assists) with 12 interceptions, 11 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 tackles for loss. He shares the Tulane career record in interceptions returned for touchdowns with a pair while ranking second with 264 interception return yards and tied for sixth with 12 picks.

The Nagurski Trophy watch list features 81 student-athletes from Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Doss is one of 24 defensive backs on the list, along with 24 linebackers, 23 defensive ends and 10 defensive tackles. Doss is joined on the watch list by fellow American Athletic Conference stars Martin Ifedi (DE) of Memphis, Tyler Matakevich (LB) of Temple and Derrick Matthews (LB) of Houston.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season with the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club announcing five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be Dec. 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina.