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Greg Jones a Butkus Award semifinalist

Michigan State senior linebacker Greg Jones has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Jones is the only Big Ten representative among the 15 semifinalists, and he's one of three repeat semifinalists from 2009. The Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 is on pace for another All-America type season, recording 60 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, five tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and a sack.

Butkus Award finalists will be named Nov. 23, and the winner will be announced Dec. 8. Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was the last Big Ten recipient, in 2007.