FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas senior linebacker Jerry Franklin has been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the top linebacker in college football.
Franklin was one of nine players from the Southeastern Conference on the watch list, which was announced on Thursday afternoon.
A second-team defense selection on the Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team, Franklin led the team and ranked 10th in the SEC with a career-high 100 tackles in 2010, becoming just the second Razorback since 1960 to lead the team in tackles three straight seasons. He also led the team and tied for seventh in the SEC with a career-high 13.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. The Marion, Ark., native ranked second on the team and eighth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, another career high, while adding two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He made a career-high 20 tackles at No. 22 Mississippi State to post the highest total in the SEC and the fifth-highest total in the NCAA last season.
Semifinalists for the Butkus Award will be announced on October 24, while the finalists will be revealed on November 22.
Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, the University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. More information on the award is available at www.thebutkusaward.com.