Butkus Award Watch List 2018: 51 Defends Named To Watchlist

With the 2018 college football season just around the corner, it is watch list season and some of the top awards in the sport have begun trickling out their preseason watch lists. On Monday, the Butkus Award dropped its preseason watch list with 51 linebackers from 41 different schools being named to the list.

Included on the preseason watch list are Devin Bush of Michigan and Wisconsin’s T.J. Edwards, who were finalists last year, along with semifinalists Josh Allen of Kentucky and USC’s Cameron Smith.

Finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 19, with the winner being announced at the College Football Awards show later this year.

The full Butkus Award watch list can be seen below.


2018 Butkus Award Watch List

2018 Butkus Award is out! We have two local guys on the high school watch list. Auburn’s Mohamoud Diabate (@MDiabate11) and Troup’s King Mwikuta (@Lethal_Balller) @AuburnHighFB @TigerTempo pic.twitter.com/CQqOBzXR7D

— Brooke Kirchhofer (@brookechesney) July 23, 2018

Curtis Akins, Memphis
Otaro Alaka, Texas A&M
Josh Allen, Kentucky
Jeffrey Allison, Fresno State
Azeez Al-Shaair, Florida Atlantic
Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Markus Bailey, Purdue
Thomas Barber, Minnesota
Bryton Barr, Massachusetts
Tevis Bartlett, Washington
Devin Bush, Michigan
Josh Buss, Montana
Te’von Coney, Notre Dame
Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
Deshaun Davis, Auburn
Troy Dye, Oregon
Koa Farmer, Penn State
Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
Porter Gustin, USC
Nate Hall, Northwestern
Terez Hall, Missouri
Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
Darius Harris, Middle Tennessee
De’Jon Harris, Arkansas
Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
Justin Hollins, Oregon
Oluwaseun Idowu, Pitt
Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Gary Johnson, Texas
Kendall Joseph, Clemson
Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma
Jordan Kunaszyk, California
Tre Lamar, Clemson
Dylan Moses, Alabama
Bobby Okereke, Stanford
Justin Phillips, Oklahoma State
Germaine Pratt, N.C. State
Shaq Quarterman, Miami
David Reese, Florida
Cameron Smith, USC
Ty Summers, TCU
Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin
D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Devin White, LSU
Mack Wilson, Alabama
Juwon Young, Marshall