Three SEC schools got some good news Monday when the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Jim Thorpe Award.

Florida wasn’t one of them.

The Gators seemingly expected Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson to make the list for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back as decided by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Tabor has defended five passes and hauled in four interceptions, while Wilson has six passes defended to go along with three picks.

Both cornerbacks are key pieces of the nation’s second-best passing defense, which is why many were surprised to see their names absent from the 16 semifinalists.


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Florida was so surprised that it reached out to Thorpe Award officials for clarification on what being a semifinalist actually meant. The answer was perplexing.

That odd bit of information sparked a few other reactions on social media.