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Four from Big 12 on Butkus list

Discussion in 'CU Buffs Newsroom' started by RSSBot, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. RSSBot

    RSSBot News Junkie

    Jul 8, 2005
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    [​IMG]Four Big 12 linebackers have been placed on the watch list for the Butkus Award, presented to college football's best linebacker after each season.
    • Brian Duncan, Texas Tech
    • Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
    • Von Miller, Texas A&M
    • Keenan Robinson, Texas

    A good list, and the same four linebackers who topped my list of the Big 12's best linebackers earlier this preseason.

    Lewis and Miller should be strong contenders to be finalists for the award from the lengthy preseason list. Miller's talents have gotten major play nationally this offseason, and you know a linebacker is a real talent when 109 tackles, Lewis' total in 2009, is considered a down year.

    But when you rack up 144 to lead the Big 12 as a freshman, that's what happens.

    Duncan doesn't have the name recognition or resume of Miller or Lewis, but he could be poised for a big year after a move to outside linebacker.

    Also, If Oklahoma State's Orie Lemon is as good as advertised by Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young, he might make his way onto the list, too.

    No Big 12 player has won the award since Derrick Johnson in 2003, but the conference has a strong tradition in the award. Oklahoma, with four winners is the only school to win more than two awards since the trophy's inception in 1985. Teddy Lehman last won the award for the Sooners, in 2003.

    Colorado is among six schools with two winners, with Matt Russell in 1996 as the last winner.

    Duncan and Miller would be their respective schools' first-ever Butkus Award winner.

  2. The Guest

    The Guest Guest

    Von Miller...say, isn't he the guy that cried after CU beat aTm last year? Seems like a solid human being...

    Hope Speedy wins some awards of his own, before his career is over.
  3. dply

    dply Doble hoja Club Member

    Feb 14, 2008
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    **** Von Miller.
  4. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2005
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    i think the Bill Young hire at Okie State is a really good one (last year). they also pull Dana Holgerson as OC from Houston.

    just think what it would be like to have coordinators who have won something instead of "learn on the job" types. and Boise leftovers.

    Helfrich lit it up last year.
  5. White_Rabbit

    White_Rabbit Club Member Club Member

    Dec 1, 2008
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    Did Helfrich call plays last year? I figured he would just be an OC in name only with Chip Kelly around.
  6. Tatonka

    Tatonka Club Member Club Member

    Jan 12, 2010
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    As far as I can tell Chip Kelly is still calling all the plays and they refer to Helfrich as their "Eye in the Sky". I feel Helfrich had very little to do with the Ducks success on offense last season.


    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010

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