Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Tuesday, November 7

Zibby A Thorpe Award Semifinalist

Tom Zbikowski is one of 11 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive back.

Competition includes Michigan's Leon Hall and Ohio State's Antonio Smith.

The award is based on performance, athletic ability and character. If it also included a good left hook, Zbikowski would be a lock. Instead, its up to a panel of voters, who will narrow the list to three on Nov. 20. The awards ceremony is Dec. 7 in Oklahoma City.

Zbikowski is a threat to score from all over the field. He's scored seven touchdowns via punt return, interception return and fumble return. You wonder what would happen if coach Charlie Weis put him in on a few goal-line situations.

We'll have to remain wondering. That won't happen.


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