James Named to Butkus Award Watch List

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James Named to Butkus Award Watch List

BATON ROUGE — LSU linebacker Bradie James is one of 67 players nationwide named to the Butkus Award watch list, the Downtown Club of Orlando announced on Thursday.

The Butkus Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate linebacker. Last year, Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma won the award, which is named in honor of former Illinois and Chicago Bear NFL Hall of Fame member Dick Butkus.

James, who earned First Team All-SEC honors last year after recording 113 tackles for the Tigers, is now listed on three preseason watch lists for national awards. James has also been listed for the Lombardi Award as well as the Nagurski Award. The Lombardi Award goes to the nation’s top lineman, while Nagurski Award goes to the nation’s top defensive player.

This year also marks the third time that James has been named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award.

In three years with the Tigers, James has recorded 264 tackles to go along with 11 sacks. James also has 23 tackles for losses during his career.

The Butkus Award list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, Oct. 17 with the three finalists being announced on Thursday, Nov. 14. The winner will be named on Friday, Dec. 13.

Agate to follow

2002 Butkus Award Watch List

Archer, Phil Minnesota
Bailey, Boss Georgia
Barnett, Nick Oregon State
Barr, Fred Iowa
Bates, Solomon Arizona State
Boulware, Michael Florida State
Briggs, Lance Arizona
Brown, Chris Hawaii
Brown, Michael Louisville
Brupbacher, Ross Louisiana-Lafayette
Bua, Tony Arkansas
Burnette, Dantonio North Carolina State
Crowell, Angelo Virginia
Davis, Rod Southern Miss
Deckart, Sheldon Utah
Doyle, Sean Missouri
Flugence, Lawrence Texas Tech
Gamble, Brian Texas A&M
Gardner, David Toledo
Garrett, John Baylor
Gilbert, Tony Georgia
Haggan, Mario Mississippi State
Hardmon, Bryon Florida
Hayes, Gerald Pittsburgh
Henderson, E.J. Maryland
Hobson, Victor Michigan
James, Bradie LSU
Johnson, Derrick Texas
Johnson, Landon Purdue
Labinjo, Mike Michigan State
Lehman, Teddy Oklahoma
Mahdavi, Ben Washington
McDonald, LeMarcus TCU
Mitchell, Kawika South Florida
Mitchell, Kevin Oregon State
Moore, Eddie Tennessee
Morrison, Kirk San Diego State
Moss, Charles New Mexico
Myers, Ryan Akron
Pauly, Eric Colorado State
Penright, Jarrod Texas A&M
Pierce, Terry Kansas State
Pope, Kendyll Florida State
Robillard, Matt Miami (OH)
Rodriguez, Robert UTEP
Rudd, Barrett Nebraska
Schumacher, Jerry Illinois
Scott, Lorenzo Ball State
Seigler, Richard Oregon State
Shanle, Scott Nebraska
Smith, Clifton Syracuse
Smith, Daryl Georgia Tech
Stewart, LaMar Penn State
Strong, Eddie Mississippi
Thomas, Dontarrious Auburn
Tinoisamoa, Pisa Hawaii
Vilma, Jonathan Miami (FL)
Viloria, Vic SMU
Wahlroos, Drew Colorado
Watson, Courtney Notre Dame
Wiley, Grant West Virginia
Wilhelm, Matt Ohio State
Williams, DJ Miami
Williamson, John East Carolina
Wimbush, Recardo Georgia Tech
Wood, Drew Colorado State
Woods, Michael Middle Tennesseea