Oklahoma City, Okla.----- For the second time in two days, a college football national awards organization is taking note of San Jose State University senior cornerback Andre Chachere.
After being named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list as a candidate for the best defensive player in college football, the two-year starter now is one of 45 defensive backs named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list for 2017.
The award is named after Jim Thorpe, one of the country's greatest all-around athletes of any era. Besides playing football on both sides of the line, he was a punter and a kicker, too. Thorpe played professional baseball, professional basketball and was the 1912 Olympic gold medal winner in the pentathlon and decathlon.
Chachere vaulted to the forefront in 2016 with superb season. The first-team All-Mountain West selection finished fourth nationally with 18 total passes defended consisting of a team high four interceptions and a Mountain West best 14 pass break ups.
Three finalists will be named on November 20 and invited to attend the annual College Football Awards Show on December 7 in Atlanta. The official presentation of the award will be on February 6, 2018 in Oklahoma City.
Season tickets for San Jose State's six-game home schedule are available by contacting the San Jose State University Athletics Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX or going to www.sjsuspartans.com/tickets.