Buffs senior up for linebacker of the year
Senior linebacker Jordon Dizon, the nation’s leading tackler, was named a semifinalist for the Dick Butkus Award on Thursday. The award is presented each year to the nation’s best linebacker.
Dizon would become the third Buff to win the award — the last being Matt Russell in 1996. Outside linebacker Alfred Williams won the award in 1990 as part if CU’s national championship team.
There are nine other semifinalists for the award, including linebackers from top-ranked teams such as Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, the University of Southern California and the University of South Florida.
Dizon has started all of his four seasons for the Buffs. His freshman year, he won Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. This season, the defensive captain has 97 tackles, averaging nearly 14 per game. His season-high 22 tackles came against Colorado State University on Sept. 1.
On Nov. 9, the Butkus Award selection committee will cut semifinalist list down to three finalists, before announcing the winner in December.
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Margot Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org