The Butkus Foundation announced today that linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. has been named as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2023 Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker.
More information from The Butkus Foundation is included below.
2023 BUTKUS AWARD® SEMIFINALISTS UNVEILEDButkus Foundation lauds 12 linebackers at each level as contenders for 2023 awards
CHICAGO – The Butkus Foundation has named 12 of the nation’s best collegiate and high school linebackers as Butkus Award® semifinalists for the 2023 season.
The collegiate semifinalists come from 12 different schools representing five conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) and the FBS independents. There is one repeat semifinalist from a season ago, Ohio State’s Tommy Eichenberg. Nine different states are represented among the 12 high school semifinalists, with Virginia leading the way with three and Texas having a pair of semifinalists. The winner of each award will be named on or before Dec. 7.
The 2023 Butkus Award winners will be honored at a gala event on Jan. 27, 2024, at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The event will honor the legacy of namesake Dick Butkus and be supported by numerous noted NFL Alumni. Ticket and sponsorship information is available by contacting the Butkus Foundation.
Following are the semifinalist selections:
2023 Collegiate Butkus Award SemifinalistsTommy Eichenberg, Ohio StateJaylan Ford, TexasCedric Gray, North CarolinaJay Higgins, IowaTy’Ron Hopper, MissouriCurtis Jacobs, Penn StateDeontae Lawson, AlabamaMarist Liufau, Notre DameJeremiah Trotter Jr., ClemsonEdefuan Ulofoshio, WashingtonNathaniel Watson, Mississippi StatePayton Wilson, NC State
2023 High School Butkus Award SemifinalistsSammy Brown, Jefferson, Ga.Aaron Chiles, Olney, Md.Chris Cole, Salem, Va.Cayden Jones, Arden, N.C.Kris Jones, Fairfax, Va.Payton Pierce, Allen, TexasBrayden Platt, Yelm, Wash.Demarcus Riddick, Clanton, Ala.Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, Bellflower, Calif.Derek Weisskopf, Williamsburg, IowaJustin Williams, Conroe, TexasBodie Kahoun, Roanoke, Va.
Founded in 1985, the Butkus Award honors linebackers at three levels while supporting causes important to the Butkus family. Causes include Butkus Takes Heart™ initiative encouraging early cardiovascular screening among adults, and the I Play Clean® initiative encouraging athletes to train naturally without performance-enhancing drugs. A 51-member expert panel of coaches, scouts and journalists guides the selection process. The Butkus Foundation has presented the high school and professional awards since 2008. The collegiate award is now in its 39th season.
The Butkus Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. The NCFAA’s 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients since 1935. Visit NCFAA.org for more information.
Fresh off of 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pick-six on Saturday, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. was named Monday as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2023 Butkus Award.📰: https://t.co/0VVD11GVUS pic.twitter.com/QGU3uGbFzr— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 6, 2023
Fresh off of 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pick-six on Saturday, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. was named Monday as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2023 Butkus Award.
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— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 6, 2023