LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior Brian Duncan has been named to the Butkus Award Watch List, which is an award given annually to the top collegiate linebacker in the country. Fifty-one collegiate linebackers made the list, including four from the Big 12 Conference.
It marks Duncan's third preseason watch list as he was named to the Lott Trophy Watch List (Top Impact Defensive Player) in April and the Bronko Nagurski Watch List (Best Defensive Player) in June. He was also named to the Lott Trophy Watch List in 2008.
Duncan, originally from Baton Rouge, La., led Texas Tech with 88 tackles (66 solo) in 2009 and was also the team leader with 94 tackles as a sophomore. Duncan earned All-America Sophomore Team Honorable Mention (College Football News) in 2008 and was a Freshman All-America Third Team selection (College Football News) in 2007.
The Butkus Committee is comprised of 51 voters stemming from the NFL, college and high school ranks, including many NFL general managers and head coaches, NCAA head coaches and defensive coordinators and seasoned NFL talent evaluators who have been heavily exposed to the nation's top linebackers. The committee was initially constructed to equally represent all regions of the country to eliminate any bias. Neither Dick nor any of his family are members of the committee.
Duncan, senior quarterback Taylor Potts (Davey O'Brien Watch List – Top Quarterback) and senior wide receiver Detron Lewis (Biletnikoff Award – Top Wide Receiver) combined give the Red Raiders five selections to national preseason watch lists.
Past recipients of the Butkus Award include: Rolando McClain (2009- Alabama), Aaron Curry, (2008- Wake Forest), James Laurinitis (2007 - Ohio State), Patrick Willis (2006-Mississippi), Paul Posluszny (2005-Penn State); Derrick Johnson (2004-Texas) Teddy Lehman (2003-Oklahoma); E.J. Henderson (2002-Maryland); Rocky Calmus (2001-Oklahoma); Dan Morgan (2000-Miami (FL); LaVar Arrington (1999-Penn State); Chris Claiborne (1998-Southern California); Andy Katzenmoyer (1997-Ohio State); Matt Russell (1996 Colorado); Kevin Hardy (1995-Illinois); Dana Howard (1994-Illinois); Trev Alberts (1993-Nebraska); Marvin Jones (1992-Florida State); Erick Anderson (1991-Michigan); Alfred Williams (1990-Colorado); Percy Snow (1989-Michigan State); Derrick Thomas (1988-Alabama); Paul McGowan (1987-Florida State); and Brian Bosworth (1985 and 1986-Oklahoma).