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E. Cook named a Thorpe semifinalist

Gamecock safety Emanuel Cook is one of 13 on the list for the nation's top defensive back.

The Thorpe Award semifinalist is named after Oklahoma-born Native American sports legend Jim Thorpe and is presented annually to the defensive back that best exhibits performance on the field, athletic ability and character.

Cook, a 5-10, 203-pound junior from Riviera Beach, Fla., leads the Gamecocks and is seventh in the SEC in tackles with 72, an average of 8.0 per game. His game-high was 14 in the win at Ole Miss. He was a second-team All-SEC selection a year ago.

The list will be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 24, and the winner will be announced on the ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11. Formal presentation will be at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11.