The linebackers at UGA are good. Really good.
If you don’t think so, then you are in disagreement with pretty much all of the media and award foundations.
Once again, Georgia’s linebackers have been added to some preseason watch lists for college football awards, this time the Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards.
The Butkus Award is presented each year to the top collegiate and high school linebackers in the nation, and is one of the most prestigious postseason awards.
Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award is chosen by an independent selection committee, headed by Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush and comprised of 51 experts including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists.
UGA linebackers Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins and Ramik Wilson have all been named to the preseason watch list for this award, and just as with the watch lists for the Nagurski and Bednarik awards, Amarlo Herrera has once again been foolishly overlooked.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. NCAA head coaches, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner.
Here we go again, with Leonard Floyd and Ramik Wilson being named to the 2014 preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award.
This makes four watch lists for Floyd and Wilson, three for Jenkins, and the odd man out (inexplicably) is Amarlo Herrera, who has yet to be recognized as someone to watch this season.
Color me crazy for saying this, but that will more than likely change quite quickly once the season opens.
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