Monday brought a new batch of watch lists, and with it, another listing for USC linebacker Hayes Pullard. This time, the senior has been named to that of the Butkus Award, given to the best collegiate linebacker in the country.
The Butkus Foundation has been giving this prestigious individual honor since 1985, and in it’s history, only one Trojan has won it: Chris Claiborne in 1998.
Aside from Pullard, the Pac-12 has a number of representatives in contention for this award. UCLA has three named to the watch list in Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Zumwalt, also giving them the most nominees of any Pac-12 team. Stanford and Arizona State each have two athletes in the running for the Butkus Award, and Oregon has one.
Earlier this month, Pullard was named to his first watch list of the season, that of the Bronko Nagurski Award. Given to the nation’s top defensive player, USC also has defensive linemen Morgan Breslin and Leonard Williams accounted for on the list.
On Friday, fellow defensive player Dion Bailey was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, given to college football’s top defensive back. This is an interesting nomination for Bailey, as he has yet to play a single down at safety in his college career.
For a complete look at the Butkus Award watch list, click here.