Butkus Tolls For Bell
Aug. 28, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV senior Beau Bell is a member of the official 2007 watch list for the prestigious Butkus Award, which goes each year to the nation's best collegiate linebacker, the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando announced on Tuesday. This is the second consecutive year that Bell has started the season on the award's official watch list.
Bell (6-3, 245) was named to the official 2007 preseason All-Mountain West Conference team last month. The native of Tustin, Calif., and younger brother of former Rebel linebacker Zach Bell (2001-04) was ranked this summer as the No. 14 outside linebacker in the college football by Phil Steele's. Last season Bell was among the nation's top-10 tacklers and led the Mountain West Conference in tackles per game (10.9) before spraining an ankle in the first quarter of Game Seven at BYU. Bell did not play the rest of the year, missing the Rebels' final five games.
The independent Butkus Award Selection Committee, comprised of some of the nation's foremost journalists, is solely and exclusively responsible for all voting in the honor's selection process.
The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on October 18. That list will be cut down to three finalists, who will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on November 9. The winner will be announced in December in Orlando and the award will be presented by its namesake, former University of Illinois star and Chicago Bears NFL Hall of Fame member Dick Butkus.
2007 BUTKUS AWARD OFFICIAL WATCH LIST
Adibi, Xavier Virginia Tech Allen, Russell San Diego State Bell, Beau UNLV Bobino, Rashad Texas Bowen, Alvin Iowa State Brinkley, Jasper South Carolina Butler, Ezra Nevada, Reno Campbell, Ian Kansas State Carrington, Reggie SMU Carter, Reggie UCLA Casillas, Jonathan Wisconsin Castello, Matt San Jose State Chamberlain, Chris Tulsa Coleman, Nelson Tulsa Collins, Chris Oklahoma State Connor, Dan Penn State Cotton, Quentin East Carolina Crable, Shawn Michigan Crum, Maurice Notre Dame Cushing, Brian Southern California Dizon, Jordon Colorado Dobbs, Ward Wyoming Doggett, Derrick Oregon State Dunbar, Jolonn Boston College Follett, Zach California Fowler, Drew Air Force Freeman, Marcus Ohio State Goff, Jonathan Vanderbilt Hall, Prince Alabama Hall, Vince Virginia Tech Hayes, Geno Florida State Henderson, Erin Maryland Henegan, Ryan Connecticut Highsmith, Ali LSU Holman, Maurice North Texas Hudson, Joey Miami-Ohio Jackson, Malik Louisville Jiannoni, Joe Utah Jones, Jeremy UTEP Joseph, Franz Florida Atlantic Keith, Red Central Michigan Klinkenberg, Mike Iowa Lansanah, Danny Connecticut Larsen, Spencer Arizona Laurinaitis, James Ohio State Lavine, Patrick Oklahoma State Leman, J Illinois Leonard, Adam Hawaii Maualuga, Rey Southern California Mayo, Jerod Tennessee McCarthy, Tim Northern Illinois McKinnon, Koby Arkansas State Moffitt, Ben South Florida Pawelek, Joe Baylor Phillips, Jason CU Raines, Brian Rice Renkart, Brandon Rutgers Rivera, Mike Kansas Rivers, Keith Southern California Ruud, Bo Nebraska Tauiliili, Michael Duke Taylor, Christian UCLA Vobora, David Idaho Wheeler, Phillip Georgia Tech Williams, Reed West Virginia Woodyard, Wesley Kentucky