Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss intends to enter NFL draft _lowres

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss tweeted Wednesday he intends to enter the NFL draft.

Tulane junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss earned a spot on his third preseason watch list Friday as he was named to the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award watch list as one of the best defensive backs in the country, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame — in conjunction with the National College Football Awards Association — announced.

Earlier this week, Doss made the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award .

The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, James Francis “Jim” Thorpe.

“This is another well-deserved honor for a very special player,” Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. “As I’ve said before, Lorenzo Doss has been a tremendous player for us since his freshman season, and we all look forward to seeing what he will do in 2014 and beyond.

“All of this national attention will no doubt put additional pressure on his shoulders, but he and his teammates realize that there are 11 players on the field at a time and it will take all of them playing cohesively to the best of their abilities to achieve our goals — which are to make a run at the American title and make it back to a bowl game.”

Doss is one of 39 defensive backs on the watch list, joining Tre’Davious White of LSU and fellow American Athletic Conference players Trevon Stewart of Houston and the UCF tandem of Clayton Geathers and Jacoby Glenn.

The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards in December on ESPN. The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be February 3 in Oklahoma City.