SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED CHICAGO – (October 31, 2016) – Semi-finalists for the 32nd annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels were revealed today by the Butkus Foundation.
A dozen collegiate linebackers from ten universities were named collegiate semi-finalists, including two prior high school winners, Raekwon McMillan (2013) and Malik Jefferson (2014). Meanwhile, 15 high school linebackers from 11 states were named high school semi-finalists.
Butkus Award 2016 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Azeem Victor Washington
* Selectors noted that Jack Cichy’s performance to date qualifies him as a semi-finalist but an injury will likely will keep him off the field for the remainder of the season.
Butkus Award 2016 High School Semi-Finalists
Jacob Phillips East Nashville Magnet, Nashville, Tenn.
Jaelan Phillips East Valley, Redlands, Calif.
Josh Ross St. Mary’s, Orchard Lake, Mich.
Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.
Finalists in both divisions will be announced November 21, and winners will be announced on or before December 6. The pro winner will be announced in early 2017.
The 2015 Butkus Award winners:
• High School: Caleb Kelly, Clovis West, Calif. (now Oklahoma)
The Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to honoring top linebackers, the Butkus Award helps spread the word about the I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football with 722 years of selection excellence.
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