Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

FSU's Thomas, Pugh Named to Butkus Award Watch List

FSU's Thomas, Pugh Named to Butkus Award Watch List

UGA senior outside linebackers Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter have been named to the 2017 Butkus Award Watch List, The Butkus Foundation announced on Monday.

Malik Jefferson lands on another 2017 preseason award watch list.

Eight other Big Ten linebackers also made the watch list, including Ohio State fifth-year senior Chris Worley and junior Jerome Baker, Wisconsin fifth-year senior Jack Cichy and redshirt junior T.J. Edwards, Penn State senior Jason Cabinda, Maryland fifth-year senior Jermaine Carter, Iowa fifth-year senior Josey Jewell and IN senior Tegray Scales. This will be The Paul Hornung Award's second year as an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.

A fifth MI football player has landed on a preseason watch list.

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Auburn's Rudy Ford was part of the 2016 Hornung Award preseason watch list for his versatility in the defensive backfield and on special teams. The victor and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 8, 2018.

A third-year linebacker and native of Mesquite, Texas, Jefferson looks to become the first Longhorn since Derrick Johnson in 2004 to win the award. Last season, he started 11 times and appeared in all 13 games.

In Clemson's run to the national championship season, Wilkins was named a first-team All-American by the AFCA, Football Writers Association and Phil Steele. He recorded 76 tackles, 12 1/2 for a loss, had 4 1/2 sacks and two interceptions, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.

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