Tulsa's Linebacker Duo Named to Butkus Award Watch List
Aug. 28, 2007
Irving, Texas - University of Tulsa senior linebackers Chris Chamberlain and Nelson Coleman are two of 66 players named to the preliminary list of candidates for the prestigious Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best collegiate linebacker, as announced today by The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. (DACO).
Coleman, 6'2", from Dallas, Texas, who earlier this week named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, has led the Hurricane in tackles in each of the last two seasons. His 274 career tackles is the sixth-most by a returning collegiate player this year and ranks 11th on the school's career tackles chart.
Coleman has earned all-conference honors in each of the last two seasons, and was named to the 2007 preseason all-C-USA team as voted on by the league's coaches.
Chamberlain, 6'2", has totaled 187 career stops and 20 tackles for -104 yards as a two-year starter. He was a third-team all-conference selection by the league's coaches last year. Chamberlain totaled 51 tackles last year after returning from off-season knee surgery. He had a career-best 88 tackles in his sophomore season, while adding 11 stops for -46 yards that season as well.
East Carolina's Quentin Cotton, Rice's Brian Raines, SMU's Reggie Carrington and UTEP's Jeremy Jones are the other four C-USA representatives on the list.
The Butkus Award ® Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, October 18. That semifinalist list will be cut down to three finalists and will be announced on Thursday, November 9. The winner will be announced in December in Orlando, Fla.
The Butkus Award ® is regarded as one of the most elite individual honors in college football. Last year's recipient was Mississippi's Patrick Willis
The independent Butkus Award® Selection Committee for the 2007 Butkus Award®, comprised of some of the nation's foremost journalists, is solely and exclusively responsible for all voting in the Butkus Award® selection process.
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