Seven Pac-10 players are on the 51-man -- get it? 51 -- watch list for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the nation's best linebacker.
Those players are:
Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
Mason Foster, Washington
Chris Galippo, USC
Thomas Keiser, Stanford
Casey Matthews, Oregon
Mike Mohamed, California
You can view the entire list here.
An independent Butkus Award selection committee, headed by Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush and comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, will conduct the selection process.
The Butkus Award collegiate and high school semi-finalists will be named October 21, at a Butkus Charity Fight Night at Soldier Field in Chicago. Finalists will be named November 23, and winners will be notified on or before December 8.