Aug. 29, 2007
The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. (DACO), the organization which annually presents the prestigious Butkus Award ® to the nation's best collegiate linebacker, has announced the preliminary list of 66 candidates for this year's award.
UCLA senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor and sophomore outside linebacker Reggie Carter are both on the Watch List. Taylor ranked second on the team in tackles (83) a year ago while Carter earned Freshman All-America honors, making 48 stops.
The Butkus Award ® Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, October 18. That semi-finalist list will be cut down to three finalists and will be announced on Thursday, November 9. The winner will be announced in December in Orlando, FL.
The independent Butkus Award ® Selection Committee for the 2007 Butkus Award ®, comprised of some of the nation's foremost journalists, is solely and exclusively responsible for all voting in the Butkus Award ® selection process. Additional Watch List candidates may be added in the coming weeks due to outstanding in-season play. Voting for the three finalists and the Butkus Award ® winner will be conducted by exclusive confidential ballots of the Selection Committee.