Big Ten well represented on Butkus watch list
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Linebacker once again figures to be one of the Big Ten's strongest positions, as the league boasts one of the nation's best tandems (Penn State's Navorro Bowman and Sean Lee) and several other standouts.
Seven Big Ten players appear on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was the last Big Ten player to win the award (2007), and six Big Ten players have won since 1994.
Here are this year's candidates:
- Iowa's Pat Angerer
- Penn State's Navorro Bowman
- Iowa's A.J. Edds
- Michigan's Obi Ezeh
- Michigan State's Greg Jones (Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year)
- Penn State's Sean Lee
- Illinois' Martez Wilson
If Indiana's Matt Mayberry puts up some big numbers early this fall, he should gain consideration as well.