Butkus and Hornung Award Watch Lists

Michigan's Mike McCray on Butkus Award watch list

Michigan's Mike McCray on Butkus Award watch list

Texas Longhorns junior linebacker Malik Jefferson's name has been added to yet another preseason watch list.

MI fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray was one of 51 FBS players named to the Dick Butkus Award watch list on Monday, given annually to the nation's best linebacker.

Monday's announcement is the latest in a series of releases featuring Big Ten students on various preseason watch lists for all of the major college football awards.

The award is presented to the most versatile player in college football. The Butkus Award has been given out annually since 1985, and has been awarded by The Butkus Foundation since 2008. Former All-American Manti Te'o won the award in 2012 and standout linebacker Jaylon Smith won the award in 2015.

Alabama's Reuben Foster was the recipient of last year's Butkus Award. He started 11 times and appeared in all 13 games.

The Shreveport, Louisiana, product was previously named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award a year ago, following a junior campaign that saw him catch 24 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns and turn seven rushes into 112 yards and two scores. He was a second-team Football Writers Association of America honoree, becoming the first Husker freshman to make the FWAA All-America team. He replaced Su'a Cravens admirably in his first year as a starter, recording 7.5 tackles for loss and an impressive five pass deflections. 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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