Beckwith Named Finalist for Butkus Award

by Clyde Verdin
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Beckwith Named Finalist for Butkus Award

CHICAGO – LSU senior linebacker Kendell Beckwith has been named one of five finalists for the 2016 Butkus Award the organization announced on Monday.

Beckwith, who was named to the watch list for the second consecutive year back in July, leads LSU with 91 tackles on the season, averaging 9.1 per game which is currently second overall in the SEC and 29th overall nationally. He was a semifinalist for the award as a junior last season.

The Clinton, Louisiana, native has three double figure tackle games on the season so far through 2016 and has eight for his career which is the most among defenders currently on the squad. Against Alabama Beckwith netted a new career high in tackles with 16 against the Crimson Tide, while having 15 against Southern Miss and 10 against Jacksonville State.

The Butkus Award is in its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s top collegiate and high school linebackers and is voted on by a panel of coaches, scouts and journalists. Collegiate and prep winners will be announced on or before December 6. 

LSU returns to action on Thanksgiving night, traveling to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.