Texas A&M's Von Miller has won the Butkus Award, given annually to college football's best linebacker.
The senior, who plays the hybrid linebacker/defensive end "Joker" position in the Aggies 3-4 defense, made 59 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks on the year.
The team called a meeting this afternoon, and Miller was given the award by Dick Butkus himself.
"This is exactly what I came back [as a senior] for, to be here with you guys," he said.
"We as a team are very proud of Von Miller’s accomplishments this year and winning the prestigious Butkus Award is the exclamation point to his senior season,” Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said in a statement. "As proud as I am of the football player he has become, I am even more proud of the man he has become. He has represented himself, his family, his team and Texas A&M impeccably. Although I will miss him when he leaves us after the bowl game, he has ignited an enthusiasm and passion with our team that will sustain us for years to come. He has worked extremely hard to achieve the level of success he is being recognized with this award. I am extremely happy for his success."