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Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson is a finalist for the Butkus Award

Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson is a finalist for the Butkus Award

Georgia junior LB Roquan Smith was named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award. No Clemson player has won the award.

When comparing the numbers of the five finalists, it's clear that Edmunds actually has a shot at winning this award. The Dick Butkus Award was originally only given to honor the best college linebacker, but in recent years, it has expanded to also honor the best high school and professional linebackers. O'Daniel returned both interceptions for touchdowns against Louisville and Virginia Tech.

Smith, an inside linebacker has a team-leading 91 tackles after topping the Bulldogs with 95 last season.He is second on the team with 3 1/2 sacks and has 5 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback pressures.

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A 5-foot-11, 222-pound sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Bush has posted three double-digit tackle games this season and has recorded at least 1/2 tackle for loss in eight of Michigan's 11 games. In addition to Edmunds, Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel is a finalist.

Most consider Tremaine Edmunds one of America's best linebackers and earlier this season, he was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which is given to the best linebacker in the country.

The other finalists for the Bednarik Award are N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.


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