The 12 linebackers named as semi-finalists for the 2013 Butkus Award have officially been announced. The award is presented annually to the “Nation’s Best Linebacker” by the Butkus Foundation.
The group was selected from a pool of 52 collegiate stars that had been named to the award’s official watch list on July 15. These 12 players will be whittled down once again as the finalists will be announced on Nov. 26. The winner will be selected on Dec. 7.
Anthony Barr, UCLA Bruins
Lamin Barrow, LSU Tigers
Chris Borland, Wisconsin Badgers
Khairi Fortt, California Golden Bears
Khalil Mack, Buffalo Bulls
C.J. Mosley, Alabama Crimson Tide
Denzel Perryman, Miami Hurricanes
Trevor Reilly, Utah Utes
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State Buckeyes
Shayne Skov, Stanford Cardinal
Yawin Smallwood, UConn Huskies
Kyle Van Noy, BYU Cougars
The Pac-12 leads the way with four players on the list: Anthony Bar, Khairi Fortt, Trevor Reilly and Shayne Skov. The SEC (Lamin Barrow, C.J. Mosley) and the Big Ten (Ryan Shazier, Chris Borland) each boast two. Buffalo’s Khalil Mack fittingly represents the MAC, Denzel Perryman of Miami is the ACC’s lone representative, UConn’s Yawin Smallwood is the lone AAC member in the league’s first season and, finally, Kyle Van Noy plays for the independent BYU Cougars.
Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o took home the award a year ago, and Alabama’s C.J. Mosley is the only returning semi-finalist.