Micah Parsons has been a revelation for the Penn State linebacker group in 2019. The sophomore, who is still in his first year as a full-time starter, has been rewarded for his efforts to this point by being named a finalist for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to college football's top linebacker.
Butkus Award (top linebacker) finalists.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 25, 2019
Micah Parsons, Penn State
Zach Baun, Wisconsin
Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Evan Weaver, Cal
Logan Wilson, Wyoming
It's no surprise to see Parsons named in this group. He leads the team in tackles with 85 and is second on the team in tackles for loss with 10. He also has two sacks, three passes defended, a fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles. None of this is to mention the number of tackles that he's made right at the line of scrimmage. He has been a dominant presence for what has proven to be one of college football's best defenses.
As amazing as Parsons has been for the Lions, his performance becomes even more impressive when you remember that he's been playing linebacker for less than two years. The high school defensive end shifting to outside backer upon arriving at Penn State, and his hard work in learning the ins and outs of the position have made him one of the most feared defenders in the country.
Two Nittany Lions, Paul Posluszny (2005) and LaVar Arrington (1999), have won the Butkus Award.