The Butkus Award has released its 2011 preseason watch list, and eight Big 12 linebackers made the cut.
The award is given annually to college football's top linebacker. Here's who made the preseason list
- Emmanuel Acho, Texas
- Arthur Brown, Kansas State
- Zaviar Gooden, Missouri
- Jake Knott, Iowa State
- Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
- Keenan Robinson, Texas
- Garrick Williams, Texas A&M
- Tom Wort, Oklahoma
The folks at the Butkus Award clearly believe in the potential of Wort and Brown, but if they're making this list, I'd have liked to see Iowa State's A.J. Klein make it, too. Also, where's Shaun Lewis?
Other than that, a solid list.
Last year, you may remember some guy named Von Miller accepting the award from the award's namesake, Dick Butkus
, at a team meeting.
He was the first Big 12 player to win the award since Texas' D.J. Johnson in 2004, though current Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks won the high school version of the award in 2008.
Oklahoma has the nation's most Butkus Award winners, with four. Brian Bosworth won the first two awards in 1985 and 1986, and no other program has more than two in their history.