Thorpe winner Claiborne's commitment never rests


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Before Morris Claiborne celebrated his 22nd birthday and was honored as the Jim Thorpe Award at a dinner Tuesday night, the All-American from LSU had work to do.

He started his day with 45 minutes of treadmill and pool work.

Ken Prude, who was one of Claiborne's high school coaches back in Shreveport, La., says the cornerback's commitment has been evident since high school.

Claiborne won the Thorpe Award as college football's best defensive back. He had six interceptions last season for LSU, which won the Southeastern Conference title but lost the national championship game to SEC West rival Alabama.

Claiborne led the Football Bowl Subdivision in interception return yards with 173, including a touchdown return. He also averaged 26.1 yards per kickoff return, returning one for touchdown.