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Veterans highlight Butkus list

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Latest: Thursday August 24, 2000 06:50 PM

  Byron Thweatt Byron Thweatt of Virginia helps form a deep league linebacking class that includes five ACC nominees. AP

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando announced Thursday its list of 70 Butkus Award candidates, which it awards to the nation's top college linebacker.

Fourteen candidates are repeat candidates, including North Carolina's Brandon Spoon, who is making his fourth appearance on the list.

Dan Morgan of Miami and Byron Thweatt of Virginia are both three-time candidates, while 11 candidates are making a second appearance on the list: Colorado State's Rick Crowell; UCLA's Ryan Nece; Utah's Kautai Oleavo; Tulane's Jerry Phillips; Florida State's Tommy Polley; Memphis' Kamal Shakir; Fresno State's Tim Skipper; Temple's Taylor Suman; Colorado's Jashon Sykes; North Carolina State's Clayton White; and Vanderbilt's Jamie Winborn.

The award is named after former Illinois and Chicago Bear linebacker Dick Butkus. The list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists Oct. 19.

This year's winner will be announced Dec. 8.

2000 Butkus Award Candidates
Player  School 
Keith Adams  Clemson  
Brian Allen  Florida State  
Adam Archulta  Arizona State  
Akin Ayodele  Purdue  
Boss Bailey  Georgia  
Kendrell Bell  Georgia  
Kevin Bentley  Northwestern  
Eric Brackins  Michigan  
Shannon Brazell   TCU  
Rocky Calmus  Oklahoma  
Quenton Carver  Arkansas  
Patrick Chukwurah  Wyoming  
Rick Crowell   Colorado State 
Derrell Daniels   Washington  
Andra Davis  Florida  
Anthony Denman  Notre Dame  
Justin Ena  BYU 
Treverance Faulk  LSU  
Larry Foote   Michigan  
Jason Glenn  Texas A&M  
Ryan Gonsales  Pittsburgh  
Morlon Greenwood  Syracuse  
Pernell Griffin   East Carolina 
Sean Hoffman  Minnesota 
Orlando Huff  Fresno State  
Bradie James  LSU  
Riall Johnson  Stanford  
Ben Leber  Kansas State 
De'Andre Lewis  Texas  
Jason Loezel  Purdue  
Vassay Marc  South Florida 
Torrence Marshall  Oklahoma  
Ben Mezera  Minnesota  
Marion Moore  Maryland  
Zeke Moreno  USC  
Dan Morgan  Miami 
Ryan Nece  UCLA 
Kautai Oleavo  Utah 
Brent Passay  Utah State 
Jeremiah Pharms  Washington 
Jerry Phillips  Tulane 
Kenny Philpott  Eastern Michigan 
Carlos Polk  Nebraska 
Tommy Polley  Florida State  
Saleem Rasheed  Alabama 
Darnell Robinson  Oregon State 
Jamonte Robinson  Missouri 
Wayne Rogers  Houston 
Kevin Rollins  Toledo 
Cameron Saulsby  Northern Illinois 
Kamal Shakir  Memphis 
Tim Skipper  Fresno State 
Justin Smith  Indiana  
Matt Smith  Oregon 
Brandon Spoon  North Carolina 
Markus Steele  USC 
Eddie Strong  Mississippi 
Taylor Suman  Temple 
Jashon Sykes  Colorado 
LeVar Talley  Temple 
Ben Taylor  Virginia Tech 
Robert Thomas  UCLA 
Byron Thweatt  Virginia 
TJ Turner  Michigan State 
Lyle Weaver  Army 
Eric Westmoreland  Tennessee 
Clayton White  NC State 
Jamie Winborn  Vanderbilt 
Max Yates  Marshall 
Michael Young  Illinois 
 


 
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