Tre Lamar named semi-finalist for National Award


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Lamar has had two double-digit tackle games this season
Lamar has had two double-digit tackle games this season

CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 2018 / Semi-finalists for the 34th annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation's best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels were revealed today by the Butkus Foundation.

Ten linebackers from nine universities were named semi-finalists. Linebackers Josh Allen and Devin Bush are semi-finalists for the second straight season.

Butkus Award 2018 Collegiate Semi-Finalists

Josh Allen, Kentucky

Markus Bailey, Purdue

Devin Bush, Michigan

Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin

Tre Lamar, Clemson

David Long, West Virginia

Dylan Moses, Alabama

Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA

Devin White, LSU

Mack Wilson, Alabama

Meanwhile, 15 high school linebackers from 10 states were named semi-finalists, including three from Georgia and Nebraska and two from California.

Butkus Award 2018 High School Semi-Finalists

Nakobe Dean, Horn Lake, MS

Osita Ekwonu, Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC

De’Gabriel Floyd, Westlake, Westlake Village, CA

Nick Henrich, Burke, Omaha, NE

Shane Lee, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, MD

Trezmen Marshall, Clinch County, Homerville, GA

King Mwikuta, Troup County, LaGrange, GA

Garrett Nelson, Scottsbluff, NE

NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Nolan Catholic, Fort Worth, TX

Owen Pappoe, Grayson, Loganville, GA

Kane Patterson, Christ Presbyterian, Nashville, TN

Garrett Snodgrass, York, NE

Brandon Smith, Louisa County, Mineral, VA

Cade Stover, Lexington, OH

Henry To’oto’o, De La Salle, Concord, CA

The committee also noted Mase Funa of Mater Dei as a probable semi-finalist if not for a season-ending injury.

Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.

Finalists in both divisions will be announced November 19, and winners will be announced on or before December 4. The pro winner will be announced in early 2018.

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