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2013 Dick Butkus Award Watch List

List contains 51 candidates from 37 universities

July 15, 2013

CHICAGO – The 29th annual Butkus Award selection process to honor the nation’s best linebackers began Monday with the announcement of the collegiate preseason watch list.

The watch list contains 51 candidates, honoring the now-retired professional jersey number of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history. The selection panel is comprised of 51 coaches, evaluators and journalists. Players who do not appear on the watch list may be considered for the Award.

The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 37 universities. C.J. Mosley of Alabama is the only returning finalist, along with returning semi-finalists Jonathan Brown of Illinois, Max Bullough of Michigan State and Trent Murphy of Stanford.

Semi-finalists will be named October 28, finalists November 26, and winners will be notified on or before December 10. The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in January 2014.

The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at

For more information on the Butkus Award, visit the official website.

  • 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, BYU
  • 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
  • Christian 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
  • D.T. Shackelford, Mississippi
  • Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
  • Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
  • Deontae Skinner, Mississippi State
  • Shane Skov, Stanford
  • Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
  • Telvin Smith, Florida State
  • Uani Unga, BYU
  • Kyle Van Noy, BYU
  • Brandon Watts, Georgia Tech
  • Derrick Webb, Colorado
  • Avery Williamson, Kentucky
  • Chris Young, Arizona State
  • Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA


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