BYU, UCLA each with three LBs on Butkus Award watch list
The Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding linebacker, released the 2013 watch list on Monday.
Watch-list season continues into the final week. The rest of college football's individual awards will be releasing watch lists this week, concluding with the Walter Camp Award watch list on Friday.
The Butkus Award, established in 1985, is named for College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. The award is given to the top collegiate linebacker by the Butkus Foundation, with last year's winner being former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
The 2013 watch list includes 51 linebackers from across multiple divisions of college football. The foundation will announce a list of semifinalists in October, followed by the announcement of the finalists in late November. The award now includes high school and the professional ranks, but the collegiate award will be announced in early December.
Brigham Young Cougars and UCLA Bruins lead the way among all schools, with three players each on the Butkus list. The Cougars have Spencer Hadley and Uani (Devin) Unga on the list along with Kyle Van Noy -- likely one of the frontrunners heading into the regular season. The Bruins have another favorite in Anthony Barr , but the foundation also included Eric Kendricks and Jordan Zumwalt on the preseason list.
Check out the full list below. Remember, names can be added or removed from this list during the first weeks of the season. There are no official "snubs" yet.
Jeremiah Attaochu , Georgia Tech
Anthony Barr, UCLA
Lamin Barrow , LSU
Dorian Bell, Duquesne
Greg Blair , Cincinnati
Chris Borland , Wisconsin
Carl Bradford , Arizona State
Preston Brown , Louisville
Jonathan Brown , Illinois
Max Bullough , Michigan State
Carlo Calabrese , Notre Dame
Glenn Carson , Penn State
Steele Divitto , Boston College
Dan Fox , Notre Dame
Jeremiah George , Iowa State
Spencer Hadley, Brigham Young
Bryce Hager , Baylor
Anthony Hitchens , Iowa
Adrian Hubbard , Alabama
Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana
Andrew Jackson , Western Kentucky
Jordan Jenkins , Georgia
Derrell Johnson , East Carolina
A.J. Johnson , Tennessee
Christian Jones , Florida State
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Chris Kirksey , Iowa
DeDe Lattimore , South Florida
Boseko Lokombo , Oregon
Khalil Mack , Buffalo
Benardrick McKinney , Mississippi State
Jamal Merrell , Rutgers
James Morris , Iowa
C.J. Mosley , Alabama
Trent Murphy , Stanford
Hayes Pullard , USC
Trevor Reilly , Utah
Deterrian Shackelford , Mississippi
Ryan Shazier , Ohio State
Prince Shembo , Notre Dame
Deontae Skinner , Mississippi State
Shayne Skov , Stanford
Yawin Smallwood , UConn
Telvin Smith , Florida State
Uani Unga, Brigham Young
Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young
Brandon Watts , Georgia Tech
Derrick Webb , Colorado
Avery Williamson , Kentucky
Chris Young , Arizona State
Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
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