(BSU RELEASE)
MUNCIE, Ind. – Bryce Cosby (Louisville, Ky.,/duPont Manual) of the Ball State football team becomes the second player on the Cardinals’ roster to be recognized on a national level as the fifth year senior safety has been named to the preseason 2021 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.

This list includes 40 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing 10 conferences and one independent. The preseason watch list is selected by a screening committee whose members compile a list of up to 50 players. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons may be added as the season progresses.

Cosby enters the 2021 season with 43 career starts which are the most of any active Ball State player. His eight career interceptions entering this season are the most among active BSU players, while his 282 career tackles are the second-most of any active MAC player behind only teammate Jaylin Thomas (289).

An All-MAC First Team selection, Cosby started all eight games at safety in 2020. He tied for the team lead with two interceptions while picking off passes at Toledo (11/28/20) and in the Arizona Bowl (12/31/20) victory over No. 19 San Jose State. Cosby registered a team-high nine tackles in the bowl win on his way to Defensive Player of the Game honors and a spot on the AP All-Bowl Team.

Cosby finished the 2020 football season ranked third on the team in total tackles (62), including a season-high 14 in the win over Northern Illinois (11/18/20). He managed 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the MAC West championship-clinching victory over Western Michigan (12/12/21). Cosby also made nine stops in the MAC Championship Game victory over No. 23 Buffalo (12/18/20). He finished the year with 4.5 tackles for loss and recorded his first career sack in the win at Central Michigan (12/5/20).

Cosby not only was successful on the field but also off the field as he wrapped the year earning 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Cosby helped Ball State to one of its most memorable seasons in program history, as the Cardinals finished 2020 with a 7-1 (5-1 MAC) record. BSU won its last seven games, claiming the MAC Championship over No. 23 Buffalo and the Arizona Bowl over No. 19 San Jose State on its way to a year-end national ranking of No. 23 in both the AP and coaches polls.

The Cardinals are looking to “run it back” as the favorite to win the MAC West Division and the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game again in 2021 in the league’s annual preseason media poll.

The 2021 Ball State football season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff versus Western Illinois at Scheumann Stadium. Season tickets, six-ticket flex plans, and single-game tickets are available now. Season ticket and flex plan holders enjoy the best available prices on Cardinals tickets along with additional benefits, including primary access to away games and postseason events. Fans can also purchase tickets via phone at 888.BSU.TICKET.

2021 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST:
Tycen Anderson, Toledo, Sr.
Sevyn Banks, Ohio State, Sr.
Jordan Battle, Alabama, Jr.
Bubba Bolden, Miami (FL), Jr.
Andrew Booth, Jr., Clemson, Jr.
Jaquan Brisker, Penn State, Sr.
Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, Sr.
Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern, So.
Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, So.
Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville, So.
Bryce Cosby, Ball State, Sr.
Cortez Davis, Hawaii, Sr.
Greg Eisworth II, Iowa State, Sr.
Kaiir Elam, Florida, Jr.
Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Jr.
Steven Gilmore, Marshall, Jr.
Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, Jr.
Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Texas Christian University, Jr.
Josh Jobe, Alabama, Sr.
Quindell Johnson, Memphis, So.
Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State, Sr.
Marcus Jones, Houston, Jr.
Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, So.
Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State, Sr.
Chase Lucas, Arizona State, Sr.
Trent McDuffie, Washington, Jr.
Smoke Monday, Auburn, Sr.
Tiawan Mullen, Indiana, So.
Jerrick Reed II, New Mexico, Sr.
Eli Ricks, Louisiana State University, So.
Berdale Robins, Nevada, Sr.
Chris Steele, University of Southern California, Jr.
Derek Stingley, Jr., Louisiana State University, Jr.
D’Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
Nolan Turner, Clemson, Sr.
BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech, So.
Rashad Wisdom, University of Texas at San Antonio, Jr.
Samuel Womack, Toledo, Sr.
Mykael Wright, Oregon, So.