COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST LINEBACKER
The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football.
Butkus played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears. He had 22 interceptions and 25 fumble recoveries. He was a 6-time All-NFL Selection and went to 8 straight Pro-Bowls.
THIS YEARS WINNER…
DEVIN WHITE, ILB, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
LSU junior Devin White has been named the winner of the 2018 Dick Butkus Award, presented annually to the top linebacker in college football.
White becomes LSU’s first winner of the Butkus Award. White is the first LSU Tiger to claim a national award since Odell Beckham Jr. won the 2013 Paul Hornung Award.
He beat out finalists Josh Allen (Kentucky), Devin Bush (Michigan), Tre Lamar (Clemson) and Dylan Moses (Alabama) to claim the honor.
This season, White ranked second in the SEC in total tackles with 115 and his 12.0 tackles for loss stands No. 10 in the league. White is only the seventh player in LSU history to record 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons.
He had a career-best 17 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss, including a sack, and a forced fumble in LSU’s season finale against Texas A&M. He was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2018.
White has 278 career tackles to go along with 29.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He’s also responsible for eight takeaways (four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and an interception).
Last season, White set an SEC record by being named the league’s defensive player of the week four times. He led the SEC in tackles last year with 133, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history.
The 2018 Butkus Award finalists included:
- Alabama – MLB Dylan Moses, sophomore
- Kentucky – OLB Josh Allen, senior
- LSU – ILB Devin White, junior
- Michigan – MLB Devin Bush, junior