Clemson University

USC, Clemson defenders on watch lists

Defensive stars from Clemson and South Carolina have been named to the watch lists of two prominent college football awards.

Ricky Sapp of the Tigers and Eric Norwood of the Gamecocks were among 36 players on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award. The honor goes to college football's top defensive end.

The Hendricks Award list was released Tuesday.

Both Clemson and South Carolina had two players each among the 40 chosen for the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which goes to the sport's top performer in the secondary.

Michael Hamlin and Chris Chancellor made it for Clemson, while Emanuel Cook and Captain Munnerlyn were South Carolina's candidates.

The watch list for the Thorpe Award was announced earlier this month.