Sep 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown (45) before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Jonathan Brown Named To Butkus Watch List

Just last week, Jonathan Brown was named to the watch lists for the Nagurski and Bednarik awards and he added yet another watch list this afternoon. It was announced today that Brown would be on the watch list for the Butkus Award.

The Butkus Award is awarded to the nation’s top linebacker each year and was won last season by Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

Brown is looking to become the third Illini to win the award and the first since Kevin Hardy in 1995.

At the end of last season, Jonathan Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

He led the Illini with 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks before having his season cut short via injury.

This upcoming season is a very important one for Jonathan Brown. He will be looking to have the same (if not better) numbers than he had during his 2011 breakout season.

In 2011, he earned All-Big Ten honors with 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and six sacks while being ranked sixth in the nation in TFLs per game (1.63) and led the Big Ten in TFLs per game during conference play (2.07).

Other notable Big Ten players on the Butkus Watch List include:

  • Chris Borland, Wisconsin
  • Max Bollough, Michigan State
  • Glenn Carson, Penn State
  • Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
  • Christian Kirksey, Iowa
  • James Morris, Iowa
  • Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

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