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Oct. 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior co-captain Ahmed Plummer has been named today one of 12 semifinalists for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s outstanding defensive back.

A three-year starter who has played in 43 games and made 33-consecutive starts at cornerback for the Buckeyes, Plummer leads the team with three interceptions and he has five pass break-ups. He also has recorded 32 tackles, 27 of which are solo. The Buckeyes, as a team, rank third in the Big Ten Conference in pass defense, allowing 197.4 yards per game.

This year’s 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, won last year by Ohio State’s Antoine Winfield, include: Ralph Brown (Nebraska), Tyrone Carter (Minnesota), Mario Edwards (Florida State), Dwayne Goodrich (Tennessee), Deon Grant (Tennessee), Brian Gray (Brigham Young), Lloyd Harrison (North Carolina State), David Macklin (Penn State), Aric Morris (Michigan State), Mark Roman (Louisiana State) and Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) in addition to Plummer.

Plummer has 12 interceptions, 28 pass break-ups and 145 tackles for his career. Only two current Buckeyes have more career tackles than Plummer.

As busy as he has been on the field, the Wyoming, Ohio native and Wyoming High graduate is even busier in the classroom. The human resources major is a two-time GTE/CoSIDA District IV Academic All-American, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a four-time Ohio State University Scholar-Athlete. He is Ohio State’s representative for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship as well.

The Jim Thorpe Association will anounce three finalists Nov. 22. The finalists will be invited to ESPN’s College Football awards Show, December 9 in Orlando, Fla., at which time the winner will be announced.