Penn State's Micah Parsons Named a Semifinalist for the Butkus Award

By Craig Fritz on November 4, 2019 at 11:31 am
Penn State and Butkus Award Semifinalist Linebacker Micah Parsons
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Penn State's electric sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons was named as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award on Monday. The annual prize is given to the nation's best linebacker by the Butkus Foundation, which advances health and wellness through special initiatives associated with Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.

Parsons would be the third Nittany Lion to win the honor (LaVar Arrington '99, Paul Posluszny '05), which was first awarded in 1985. So far in the 2019 season, Parsons has racked up 57 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Anyone who has watched him play also knows how close he's been to having about 10 more tackles for loss (he's made a ton of tackles right at the line of scrimmage) and at least 1 interception. He has been absolutely dominant for Brent Pry's defense, especially when you consider the fact that this is still only his second year playing linebacker.

He does face some stiff competition for the award, including potential top-15 draft pick Isaiah Simmons (Clemson) and Evan Weaver (Cal) who averages approximately 76 tackles per game.

Butkus Semifinalists:

  • Joe Bachie, Michigan State
  • Zack Baun, Wisconsin
  • Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
  • Tae Crowder, Georgia
  • Jordan Glasgow, Michigan
  • Jake Hansen, Illinois
  • Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  • Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
  • Micah Parsons, Penn State
  • Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
  • Evan Weaver, California
  • Logan Wilson, Wyoming
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