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Maryland LB Cudjoe-Virgil named to Butkus Award Watch List

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO – University of Maryland senior linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has been named to the 30th annual Butkus Award Watch List, which honors the nation’s top linebacker, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday.

Cudjoe-Virgil is one of 51 players to earn a spot on the watch list and one of four Big Ten linebackers to be recognized.

The Baltimore native, who had his 2013 season cut short due to injury, totaled 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in six games last season. He also posted 18 tackles and one interception.

Cudjoe-Virgil had a breakout performance at Connecticut in Maryland’s third contest of the season when he finished with seven tackles, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to help the Terps defeat the Huskies, 32-21.

E.J. Henderson is the only Maryland linebacker to win the award having received the honor in 2002. To view the complete Butkus Award Watch List, visit thebutkusaward.com.

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More preseason recognition for Maryland DL Vellano

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO - Maryland fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Tate on Monday was named as one of 51 candidates to the Butkus Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best linebackers, while Joe Vellano was named to the Lombardi Award watch list.

The Butkus Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, is presented annually to the top collegiate, professional and high school linebacker. Semifinalists will be named Oct. 22, finalists Nov. 20 and winners announced on or before Dec. 4.

Tate was up for a number of national honors last season and averaged 8.8 tackles in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury that caused him to miss most of the year. As a junior in 2010, he was a first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-America choice by College Football News.

In 40 career games, Tate has 197 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and five sacks. He is one of five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to make the list.

The Lombardi Award is open to all down linemen on offense or defense, or a linebacker setting up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. Vellano, who was named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy last week, is one of 145 candidates for the Lombardi Award.

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Maryland’s Tate, Gilman’s Kiser named to Butkus Award Watch Lists

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO – (July 16, 2012) – The 28th annual Butkus Award® selection process to honor the nation’s best linebackers begins today with announcement of the collegiate and high school pre-season watch list.

Each 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, coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.

The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 38 universities.  Manti Te’o of Notre Dame is the only returning finalist, after having won the inaugural High School Butkus Award in 2008.  Jarvis Jones of Georgia is a returning semi-finalist.

The High School Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 50 high schools across 22 states.  Florida (8), Ohio (5) and Texas (5) have the most prep players on the watch list.

Candidates in addition to those appearing on the watch list may be considered for the Award.

Semi-finalists will be named October 22, finalists November 20, and winners will be notified on or before December 4.  The Professional Butkus Award winner will be announced in January 2013. Winners will be featured in a television special a week before the Super Bowl.

2011 Butkus Award winners:

       Professional: Tie.  DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys, and Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens.

       Collegiate: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, the NFL’s ninth overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers.

       High School:  Noor Davis, Leesburg High School, Fla., now at Stanford University.

The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while helping spread the word about Butkus’ I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to steroids and related drugs.  More information is available at www.iplayclean.org or at www.facebook.com/i.play.clean.

The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or www.facebook.com/51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

COLLEGIATE WATCH LIST:

  • Denicos Allen, Michigan State University
  • Dion Bailey, University of Southern California
  • Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers University
  • Chris Borland, University of Wisconsin
  • Jonathan Bostic, University of Florida
  • Arthur Brown, Kansas State University
  • Jonathan Brown, University of Illinois
  • Max Bullough, Michigan State University
  • Jamie Collins, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ja’Gared Davis, Southern Methodist University
  • Zaviar Gooden, University of Missouri
  • Jeremiah Greene, University of Nevada
  • Khaseem Greene, Rutgers University
  • Alanzo Highsmith, University of Arkansas
  • Gerald Hodges, Penn State University
  • DeVonte Holloman, University of South Carolina
  • Andrew Jackson, University of Western Kentucky
  • Jelani Jenkins, University of Florida
  • A.J. Johnson, University of Tennessee
  • Nico Johnson, University of Alabama
  • Christian Jones, Florida State University
  • Jarvis Jones, University of Georgia
  • Uona Kaveinga, Brigham Young University
  • A.J. Klein, Iowa State University
  • Jake Knott, Iowa State University
  • Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State University
  • Travis Long, Washington State University
  • John Lotulelei, University of Florida
  • Brandon Magee, Arizona State University
  • Michael Mauti, Penn State University
  • Lerentee McCray, University of Florida
  • Kevin Minter, Louisiana State University
  • Nick Moody, Florida State University
  • Damontre Moore, Texas A&M University
  • Sio Moore, University of Connecticut
  • James Morris, University of Iowa
  • C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama
  • Trent Murphy, Stanford University
  • David Nwabuisi, Northwestern University
  • Sean Porter, Texas A&M University
  • Keith Pough, Howard University
  • Kevin Reddick, University of North Carolina
  • Douglas Rippy, University of Colorado
  • Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
  • Shane Skov, Stanford University
  • Kenny Tate, University of Maryland
  • Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech University
  • Manti Te’o, University of Notre Dame
  • Chase Thomas, Stanford University
  • Cornelius Washington, University of Georgia
  • Tom Wort, University of Oklahoma

HIGH SCHOOL WATCH LIST:

  • Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing High School - Wyomissing, PA
  • Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest High School - Lincoln, NE
  • Eric Beisel, Rockwood Summit High School - Fenton, MO
  • Al-Rasheed Benton, Shabazz High School - Newark, NJ
  • Nigel Bowden, Central High School - Macon, GA
  • Buddy Brown, Williamstown High School - Williamstown, NJ
  • Sean Constantine, Bellevue High School - Bellevue, WA
  • Chans Cox, Blue Ridge High School - Lakeside, AZ
  • Deoundrei Davis, Cypress Woods High School - Cypress, TX
  • Michael Deeb, American Heritage College Prep School - Plantation, FL
  • Garret Dooley, Rochester High School - Rochester, IL
  • Dajuan Drennon, Timber Creek High School - Sicklerville, NJ
  • Victor Egu, De La Salle High School - Concord, CA
  • Brooks Ellis, Fayetteville High School - Fayetteville, AR
  • Reuben Foster, Auburn High School - Auburn, AL
  • Ben Gedeon, Hudson High School - Hudson, OH
  • Jermaine Grace, Miramar High School - Miramar, FL
  • Nigel Harris, Hillsborough High School - Tampa, FL
  • James Hearns, Lincoln High School - Tallahassee, FL
  • Deon Hollins Jr., Fort Bend Marshall High School - Missouri City, TX
  • Darrien Howard, Chaminade Julienne High School - Dayton, OH
  • Michael Hutchings, De La Salle High School - Concord, CA
  • Trey Johnson, Central Gwinnett High School - Lawrenceville, GA
  • Melvin Jones, Washington Marion High School - Lake Charles, LA
  • Walker Jones, Evangelical Christian High School - Cordova, TN
  • Shane Jones, Moeller High School - Cincinnati, OH
  • Cameron Judge, Oaks Christian High School - Westlake Village, CA
  • Peter Kalambayi, Butler High School - Matthews, NC
  • Tim Kimbrough, Warren Central High School - Indianapolis, IN
  • Micah Kiser, Gilman High School - Baltimore, MD
  • E.J. Levenberry, C.D. Hylton High School - Woodbridge, VA
  • Courtney Love, Cardinal Mooney High School - Youngstown, OH
  • Michael McCray, Trotwood Madison High School - Trotwood, OH
  • Daniel McMillan, First Coast High School - Jacksonville, FL
  • Mike Mitchell, Prestonwood Christian Academy - Plano, TX
  • Dorian O’Daniel, Our Lady of Good Counsel - Olney, MD
  • Johnny O’Neal, West Laurens High School - Dublin, GA
  • Nick Ramirez, Lees Summit West High School - Lees Summit, MO
  • Doug Randolph, Woodberry Forest High School - Woodberry Forest, VA
  • Duke Riley, John Curtis Christian High School - River Ridge, LA
  • Isaac Savaiinaea, Punahou High School - Honolulu, HI
  • Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers High School - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Reggie Spearman, Simeon Academy - Chicago, IL
  • Matthew Thomas, Booker T. Washington High School - Miami, FL
  • Stacy Thomas, Gulliver Prep High School - Miami, FL
  • Cameron Toney, Huntsville High School - Huntsville, AL
  • Gerald Turner, Goose Creek High School - Goose Creek, SC
  • Corey Vereen, West Orange High School - Winter Garden, FL
  • Brett Wade, Kennedale High School - Kennedale, TX
  • Paul Whitmill, Bastrop High School - Bastrop, TX
  • Tim Williams, University Laboratory High School - Baton Rouge, LA

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