FB: Five Big Ten Players Named to Butkus Award Watch List

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Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker and named in honor of Illinois Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Big Ten players appearing on the watch list are Iowa's Tyler Nielsen, Nebraska's Lavonte David, Penn State's Michael Mauti and the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. The Big Ten has claimed the Butkus Award on eight occasions, most recently when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored in 2007. 

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