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  • 12/10/2013 Raekwon McMillan Wins High School Butkus Award

    HINESVILLE, Ga. – (December 10, 2013) – Raekwon McMillan, a high school senior at Liberty County High School here, has been selected as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award® winner. The Award was presented by its namesake, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, along with his son Matt Butkus at a surprise presentation.

    McMillan, a 6-2, 245 lb. linebacker and running back with 4.6 speed maintained a 3.3 GPA while playing for the 8-3 Liberty County Panthers. He finished his senior season with total 159 tackles, 107 solo, three forced fumbles and an interception. As a four year starter, McMillan amassed 456 tackles, 349 solo, and 10 forced fumbles. On offense, McMillan had 73 carries for 628 yards, averaging 8.6 yards per carry as a senior. Last year, he was the 4A Defensive Player of the Year, first team all-state linebacker and second team USA Today linebacker.

    The 51-person selection committee stated, “One of the top college recruits in the country, McMillan has been a dominant performer at the high school level, with the knockback power reminiscent of a young Dick Butkus. He possesses superb balance, striking power and toughness. He is regarded by his coaches, teammates and recruiters to possess equally strong character – the kind of person who understands the significance and responsibility that comes with being honored with the Butkus Award.”

    The Butkus Award® draws attention to the I Play Clean™ campaign, which encourages athletes to train hard, eat well, and play with attitude instead of using performance-enhancing substances. Butkus encourages athletes, coaches and fans to pledge their support at www.iplayclean.org or on Facebook at i.play.clean.

    The Butkus Award inscription reads: "When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back.” – Dick Butkus.

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. His son Matt was a defensive lineman for the University of Southern California. More information is at www.thebutkusaward.com or on Facebook at 51.butkus.

  • 12/8/2013 C.J. Mosley of Alabama Wins 29th Collegiate Butkus Award

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (December 8, 2013) – University of Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley has won the 29th annual collegiate Butkus Award® in a surprise presentation at a team banquet this evening. The Award was presented by its namesake, Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, along with his son Matt Butkus.

    Mosley, a 6-2, 238 lb. senior linebacker, is the third Alabama linebacker to win the Butkus Award, joining Rolando McClain (2009) and the late Derrick Thomas (1988). Mosley finished third in last year’s voting.

    Mosley finished with 70 points, followed by Buffalo’s Khalil Mack (52), UCLA’s Anthony Barr (44), and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier (22). Also receiving votes were Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, Stanford’s Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, Florida State’s Telvin Smith, and Michigan State’s Max Bullough.

    Mosley leads the Crimson Tide this season with 102 tackles, including 56 solo stops, nine tackles for loss and a safety, eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups. He received two SEC defensive weekly honors and 11 such Alabama honors. His 313 tackles rank fourth in Alabama’s storied history, just 14 shy of the record, and among just seven who have reached the 300-tackle milestone. He was the Defensive MVP in Alabama’s National Championship Game against Notre Dame last season.

    The 51-person selection committee stated, “This year's college linebacker class was among the best in history. Mosley's combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.”

    The Butkus Award inscription reads: "When a player receives the Butkus Award he will know two things. First, he is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. Second, and in the long run most important, he will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back.” – Dick Butkus.

    Mosley succeeds Manti Te’o of Notre Dame (now San Diego Chargers) who won the 2012 Butkus Award. High school and professional Butkus Awards will be presented soon.

    The Butkus Award® draws attention to the I Play Clean™ campaign, which encourages athletes to train hard, eat well, and play with attitude instead of using performance-enhancing substances. Butkus encourages athletes, coaches and fans to pledge their support at www.iplayclean.org or on Facebook at i.play.clean.

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt was a defensive lineman for the University of Southern California. More information is at www.thebutkusaward.com or on Facebook at 51.butkus.

    The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

  • 11/25/2013 BUTKUS AWARD COLLEGIATE AND HIGH SCHOOL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    CHICAGO – (November 25, 2013) – Finalists for the 29th annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top football linebackers were announced today by the Butkus Foundation.

     

    Selection is completed by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who follow all applicable rules involving player interaction. Winners will be announced by December 10. The Butkus Award draws attention to the I Play Clean™ program, an effort encouraging athletes to “train hard, eat well, and play with attitude” instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs.

     

    Finalists include (alphabetically):

     

    Collegiate 2013 Butkus Award Finalists:

    ·         Anthony Barr, UCLA

    ·         Khalil Mack, University at Buffalo

    ·         C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama

    ·         Ryan Shazier, The Ohio State University

    ·         Shayne Skov, Stanford University

     

    High School 2013 Butkus Award Finalists:

    ·         Dillon Bates, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra, FL

    ·         Kain Daub, Sandalwood, Jacksonville, FL

    ·         Michael Ferns, St. Clairsville, St. Clairsville, OH

    ·         Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Hinesville GA

    ·         Tre Williams, St. Paul's Episcopal, Mobile, AL

     

    Last season’s Butkus Award winners were: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (San Diego Chargers), Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers Fort Wayne, Ind., (Notre Dame), and Von Miller, Denver Broncos.

     

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt, a defensive lineman for USC’s 1990 Rose Bowl winning team, joins his father in philanthropic efforts.

     

    The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or facebook at 51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

     

  • 7/15/2013 BUTKUS AWARD® 29th SEASON WATCH LISTS ANNOUNCED

    CHICAGO – (July 15, 2013) – The 29th annual Butkus Award® selection process to honor the nation’s best linebackers begins today with announcement of the collegiate and high school pre-season watch list.

     

    Each watch list contains 51 candidates, honoring the now-retired professional jersey number of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history. The selection panel is comprised of 51 coaches, evaluators and journalists. Players who do not appear on the watch list may be considered for the Award.

     

    The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 37 universities. C.J. Mosley of Alabama is the only returning finalist, along with returning semi-finalists Jonathan Brown of Illinois, Max Bullough of Michigan State and Trent Murphy of Stanford.

     

    The High School Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 51 high schools across 15 states. States with the most prep players include Texas (8), Florida (7), Alabama (6) and Ohio (6)

     

    Semi-finalists will be named October 28, finalists November 26, and winners will be notified on or before December 10. The Pro Butkus Award winner will be announced in January 2014.

     

    2012 Butkus Award winners:

    ·     Professional: Von Miller, Denver Broncos.

    ·     Collegiate: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, now San Diego Chargers.

    ·     High School: Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne, Ind., now Notre Dame.

     

    The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while helping spread the word about Butkus’ I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to steroids and related drugs. More information is available at www.iplayclean.org or at www.facebook.com/i.play.clean.

     

    The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or www.facebook.com/51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 21 most prestigious awards in college football with 678 years of selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org for more information.

     

  • 10/28/2013 BUTKUS AWARD COLLEGIATE AND HIGH SCHOOL SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    CHICAGO – (October 28, 2013) – Leading candidates for football’s prestigious Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top football linebackers were announced today by the Butkus Foundation. Nominees are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.

     

    The 12 collegiate semi-finalists include returning finalist C.J. Mosley of Alabama. The 12 high school finalists are from eight states, with three each from Ohio and Florida. Finalists will be announced November 26 and winners will be announced by December 10. The pro winner will be announced in early 2014.

     

    The Butkus Award honors outstanding linebackers at three levels of play, while spreading the word about the I Play Clean™ initiative, which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play smart, instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. More information is available at www.iplayclean.org or at www.facebook.com/i.play.clean.

     

    “This Award is about honoring linebackers at all levels, and reminding them that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society,” said Dick Butkus, the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.

     

    Collegiate 2013 Butkus Award Semi-Finalists:

    ·         Anthony Barr, UCLA

    ·         Lamin Barrow, Louisiana State University

    ·         Chris Borland, University of Wisconsin

    ·         Khairi Fortt, University of California

    ·         Khalil Mack, University at Buffalo

    ·         C.J. Mosley*, University of Alabama

    ·         Denzel Perryman, University of Miami (Fla.)

    ·         Trevor Reilly, University of Utah

    ·         Ryan Shazier, The Ohio State University

    ·         Shayne Skov, Stanford University

    ·         Yawin Smallwood, University of Connecticut

    ·         Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young University

     

    High School 2013 Butkus Award Semi-Finalists::

    ·         Dante Booker, Akron, OH

    ·         Kyle Berger, Cleveland, OH

    ·         Christian Miller, Columbia, SC

    ·         Nyles Morgan, Crete, IL

    ·         Dwight Williams, Gardena, CA

    ·         Raekwon McMillan, Hinesville, GA

    ·         Kain Daub, Jacksonville, FL

    ·         Tre Williams, Mobile, AL

    ·         Connor Strachan, Needham, MA

    ·         Dillon Bates, Ponte Vedra, FL

    ·         Michael Ferns, St. Clairsville, OH

    ·         Jacob Pugh, Tallahassee, FL

     

    Butkus Award honorees are selected by a 51-person panel comprised of scouts, coaches and journalists. Selectors follow all rules of their leagues, including limitations on contact with players. Individual votes remain completely confidential. Last season’s Butkus Award winners were: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (San Diego Chargers); Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers Fort Wayne, Ind. (Notre Dame); and Von Miller, Denver Broncos.

     

    Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt, a defensive lineman for USC’s 1990 Rose Bowl winning team, joins his father in philanthropic efforts. More information is at www.thebutkusaward.com.

     

    The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or www.facebook.com/51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

     

  • 12/3/2012 Manti Te’o of Notre Dame Wins 28th Collegiate Butkus Award®