College Football: 2011 Butkus Award Watch List Names 51 LBs to Keep an Eye on

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Travis Lewis #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts at the end of the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2011 Dick Butkus Award Watch List came out on Friday.

The ACC and SEC both have nine players on the list; the Big 12 has eight.

Von Miller of Texas A&M was last year's Butkus Award winner.

The following 51 college linebackers are the leading candidates to be named the 2011 Top College Linebacker: