** The watch list for the 2016 Dick Butkus Award, which goes o the nation’s top linebacker, was released Tuesday, July 12. Alabama has three players on the list – Ryan Anderson, Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. Houston, Kansas State, Louisville, Ohio State and Penn State have two players each on the list.
** The only returning Butkus Award finalist from last year is Raekwon McMillan of Ohio State.
** Two of the last four winners of the Butkus have played at Notre Dame; Alabama has two of the last seven.
** Here are the winners over the past 10 years:
2006 Patrick Willis – Mississippi
2007 James Laurinaitis – Ohio State
2008 Aaron Curry – Wake Forest
2009 Rolando McClain – Alabama
2010 Von Miller – Texas A&M
2011 Luke Kuechly – Boston College (Kuechly’s 102 solo tackles are the most of any Butkus
2012 Manti Te’o – Notre Dame winner in the last 10 years.)
2013 C.J. Mosely – Alabama
2014 Eric Kendricks – U.C.L.A.
2015 Jaylon Smith – Notre Dame