Leonard Johnson on Thorpe watch list

By Chris Williams, Publisher

The Thrope Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back every season, released its watch list on Tuesday.

Iowa State cornerback Lenoard Johnson was among the honorees. Johnson, a senior who many publications are listing as a preseason First Team All-Big 12 member, has recorded 175 tackles and five interceptions throughout his career at Iowa State.

Johnson joined fellow Big 12 athletes Jamell Fleming (Oklahoma), Blake Gideon (Texas), Tony Jefferson (Oklahoma), Coryell Judie (Texas A&M) and Markelle Martin (Oklahoma State) on the list.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.