Anthony named Butkus Award semi-finalist


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Years Played: 2011 - 2014

CHICAGO – (October 27, 2014) – Leading candidates for the 30th honoring the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels were revealed today by the Butkus Foundation.

Fifteen linebackers from 12 institutions were named as collegiate semi-finalists, including 2013 collegiate semifinalist Denzel Perryman of Miami, 2012 high school Butkus winner Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame and 2010 high school Butkus runner-up Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
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#42 6-2, 244
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Butkus Award 2014 Collegiate Semi-Finalists

Stephone Anthony Clemson University

Myles Jack University of California Los Angeles

Jordan Jenkins University of Georgia

A.J. Johnson University of Tennessee

Eric Kendricks University of California Los Angeles

Hau'oli Kikaha University of Washington

Benardrick McKinney Mississippi State University

Denzel Perryman University of Miami (Fla.)

Hayes Pullard University of Southern California

Reggie Ragland University of Alabama

Jake Ryan University of Michigan

Jaylon Smith University of Notre Dame

Eric Striker University of Oklahoma

Shaq Thompson University of Washington

Ramik Wilson University of Georgia


Fifteen linebackers from high schools in ten states were named as high school semi-finalists.

Butkus Award 2014 High School Semi-Finalists

Jerome Baker Benedictine High School Cleveland, OH

Josh Barajas Andrean High School Merrillville, IN

Mekhi Brown GW Carver High School Columbus, GA

Ricky DeBerry Atlee High School Mechanicsville, VA

Porter Gustin Salem Hills High School Salem, UT

Justin Hilliard St. Xavier High School Cincinnati, OH

Jeffery Holland Trinity Christian Academy Jacksonville, FL

John Houston Junipero Serra High School Gardena, CA

Malik Jefferson Ralph H. Poteet High School Mesquite, TX

Leo Lewis Brookhaven High School Brookhaven, MS

Osa Masina Brighton High School Salt Lake City,UT

Joshua McMillon Whitehaven High School Memphis, TN

Sherrod Pittman First Coast High School Jacksonville, FL

Jahvoni Simmons Ocean Lakes High School Virginia Beach, VA

Adonis Thomas Central Gwinnett High School Lawrenceville, GA

Finalists for both the collegiate and high school levels will be named November 24 and winners by December 9, by the independent panel of 51 recruiters, scouts, coaches and journalists. A professional Butkus Award honoree will be named in early 2015.

2013 Butkus Award winners:

• Professional: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers

• Collegiate: C.J. Mosley, Alabama (now Baltimore Ravens)

• High School: Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Ga. (now Ohio State)

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