The parade of college football award pre-season watch lists continued today with the Butkus and Jim Thorpe Awards. The Butkus award is presented to the top linebacker at the end of the season. Among the 51 candidates is Iowa State junior Mike Rose, Wisconsin junior Jack Sanborn, and Illinois senior Jake Hansen.
The 49 Watch list candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award which goes to college football’s best defensive back include Iowa State senior Greg Eisworth, and Wisconsin senior safety Eric Burell.
Today the pre-season candidates for the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Award will be announced.