MSU’s Bullough makes Butkus watch list

The Detroit News
Riley Bullough

Michigan State’s Riley Bullough has made the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, which goes to the top linebacker in college football.

Bullough, a senior from Traverse City St. Francis, had a career-high 106 tackles and also had four sacks in 2015 and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith won the award last season.

MSU has had one previous winner – Percy Snow in 1989. The award was first presented in 1985.

BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST

Ryan Anderson, Alabama

Kendall Beckwith, LSU

Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

Dante Booker, Ohio State

Ben Boulware, Clemson

Tyus Bowser, Houston

Richie Brown, Mississippi State

Riley Bullough, Michigan State

Jason Cabinda, Penn State

Jeff Camilli, Fresno State

Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Jermaine Carter, Maryland

Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Kevin Davis, Colorado State

Jarrad Davis, Florida

Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State

Brooks Ellis, Arkansas

Jordan Evans, Oklahoma

Devonte' Fields, Louisville

Salamo Fiso, Arizona State

Reuben Foster, Alabama

T.J. Holloman, South Carolina

Travin Howard, TCU

Shane Huber, Massachusetts

Malik Jefferson, Texas

Josey Jewell, Iowa

Peter Kalambayi, Stanford

Harvey Kangi, Brigham Young

Keith Kelsey, Louisville

Micah Kiser, Virginia

Elijah Lee, Kansas State

Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

Matt Milano, Boston College

Charmeachealle Moore, Kansas State

Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame

Calvin Munson, San Diego State

Hardy Nickerson, Illinois

Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee

T.J. Ricks, Old Dominion

Auggie Sanchez, South Florida

Michael Scherer, Missouri

Cameron Smith, Southern California

Steven Taylor, Houston

Austin Valdez, Bowling Green

Tanner Vallejo, Boise State

Azeem Victor, Washington

Anthony Walker, Northwestern

Nyeem Warman-White, Penn State

Tim Williams, Alabama

Eric Wilson, Cincinnati

Taylor Young, Baylor