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Three BYU linebackers on Butkus Award Watch List

Published July 15, 2013 11:19 am

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Another day, another couple of BYU Cougars named to college football preseason watch lists. Monday found the 29th annual Butkus Award coming out with its Watch List, and no fewer than three BYU linebackers are on it. Notre Dame and UCLA also have three players on the Butkus Award list. Making the list were seniors Kyle Van Noy, Spencer Hadley and Uani Unga, somewhat of a surprise considering the former Oregon State transfer has not played all that much in a Cougar uniform. The list contains 51 candidates, but players who do not appear on the list are still considered for the postseason award. Also Monday, Van Noy was named to the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. It is Van Noy's fourth watch list selection, as he is also up for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the College Defensive Player of the Year and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the country. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who line up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who line up no farther than 5 yards deep from the line of scrimmage. Here are the BYU players and the watch lists they are on: Player Position Award Kaneakua Friel Tight End John Mackey Award JD Falslev WR/KR Paul Hornung Award Eathyn Manumaleuna DL Outland Trophy Uani Unga LB Rotary Lombardi Award Spencer Hadley LB Rotary Lombardi Award Kyle Van Noy LB Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus, Rotary Lombardi