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Lattimore Makes Butkus Award Watch List

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA – The preseason praise continues for USF linebacker DeDe Lattimore, who is one of 51 candidates on the Butkus Award Watch List that was released Monday afternoon by the Butkus Foundation.

The Collegiate Butkus Award, named after Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, honors the nation’s best linebacker. Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 28, finalists are revealed on Nov. 26 and the winner will be awarded on Dec. 10.

Lattimore, a redshirt senior, landed a spot on the 2013 Bednarik Award Watch List last week and also made Athlon Sports’ preseason 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team. Lattimore started every game last season for the Bulls while leading the team with 7.5 tackles for loss as a weakside and middle linebacker. The Athens, Ga., native finished third on the team with 76 total tackles after making the 2012 Lombardi Award Watch List.

Take a look at the Butkus Award Watch List below:

Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Anthony Barr, UCLA
Lamin Barrow, LSU
Dorian Bell, Duquesne
Greg Blair, Cincinnati
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Preston Brown, Louisville
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
Max Bullough, Michigan State
Carlo Calabrese, Notre Dame
Glenn Carson, Penn State
Steele Divitto, Boston College
Dan Fox, Notre Dame
Jeremiah George, Iowa State
Spencer Hadley, BYU
Bryce Hager, Baylor
Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana
Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
Derrell Johnson, East Carolina
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Christian Jones, Florida State
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Christian Kirksey, Iowa
DeDe Lattimore, South Florida
Boseko Lokombo, Oregon
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
Jamal Merrell, Rutgers
James Morris, Iowa
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Trent Murphy, Stanford
Hayes Pullard, USC
Trevor Reilly, Utah
D.T. Shackelford, Mississippi
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
Deontae Skinner, Mississippi State
Shane Skov, Stanford
Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
Telvin Smith, Florida State
Uani Unga, BYU
Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Brandon Watts, Georgia Tech
Derrick Webb, Colorado
Avery Williamson, Kentucky
Chris Young, Arizona State
Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA




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