Aug. 28, 2000

Notre Dame, Ind. - Notre Dame senior inside linebacker Anthony Denman (Rusk, Texas) is one of 70 candidates for the 2000 Butkus Award presented by Cooper Tire. The award is given annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.

The 6-2, 235-pounder led the Irish with 59 solo tackles a season ago and also had three fumble recoveries. Denman was Notre Dame's leading tackler in six games a year ago. Denman was a member of Football News' all-Independent team last year and was named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP for his efforts against Michigan State.

The independent selection committee, comprised of 28 of the nation's foremost media members, begins reviewing the candidates this week and more players may be added to the watch list. The committee will select 10 semifinalists on Oct. 19. Subsequently, the three finalists will be announced on Nov. 9, at Spectator's Sports Bar at the Downtown Marriott Orlando. The 2000 Butkus Award winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 8, during the Butkus Award Gala at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk.

Last season, former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington won the award before becoming the second selection in the NFL draft. Former Butkus Award winners include Trev Alberts (1993-Nebraska), Percy Snow (1989-Michigan State) and Derrick Thomas (1988-Alabama).

Denman joins an impressive list of candidates from around the country including North Carolina's Brandon Spoon, who is the first player in the 16-year history of the Butkus Award to be named to the watch list four years in a row. Miami's Dan Morgan and Virginia's Byron Thweatt are both on the watch list for the third time their careers.

2000 Butkus Award Watch List

Keith Adams, Clemson
Brian Allen, Florida State
Adam Archulta, Arizona State
Akin Ayodele, Purdue
Boss Bailey, Georgia
Kendrell Bell, Georgia
Kevin Bentley, Northwestern
Eric Brackins, Michigan
Shannon Brazell, TCU
Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
Quenton Carver, Arkansas
Patrick Chukwurah, Wyoming
Rick Crowell, Colorado State
Derrell Daniels, Washington
Andra Davis, Florida
Anthony Denman, Notre Dame
Justin Ena, BYU
Treverance Faulk, LSU
Larry Foote, Michigan
Jason Glenn, Texas A&M
Ryan Gonsales, Pittsburgh
Morlon Greenwood, Syracuse
Pernell Griffin, East Carolina
Sean Hoffman, Minnesota
Orlando Huff, Fresno State
Bradie James, LSU
Riall Johnson, Stanford
Ben Leber, Kansas State
De'Andre Lewis, Texas
Jason Loezel, Purdue
Vassay Marc, South Florida
Torrence Marshall, Oklahoma
Ben Mezera, Minnesota
Marion Moore, Maryland
Zeke Moreno, USC
Dan Morgan, Miami
Ryan Nece, UCLA
Kautai Oleavo, Utah
Brent Passay, Utah State
Jeremiah Pharms, Washington
Jerry Phillips, Tulane
Kenny Philpott, Eastern Michigan
Carlos Polk, Nebraska
Tommy Polley, Florida State
Saleem Rasheed, Alabama
Darnell Robinson, Oregon State
Jamonte Robinson, Missouri
Wayne Rogers, Houston
Kevin Rollins, Toledo
Cameron Saulsby, Northern Illinois
Kamal Shakir, Memphis
Tim Skipper, Fresno State
Justin Smith, Indiana
Matt Smith, Oregon
Brandon Spoon, North Carolina
Markus Steele, USC
Eddie Strong, Mississippi
Taylor Suman, Temple
Jashon Sykes, Colorado
LeVar Talley, Temple
Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech
Robert Thomas, UCLA
Byron Thweatt, Virginia
TJ Turner, Michigan State
Lyle Weaver, Army
Eric Westmoreland, Tennessee
Clayton White, NC State
Jamie Winborn, Vanderbilt
Max Yates, Marshall
Michael Young, Illinois



Football's Anthony Denman Named 2000 Butkus Award Candidate

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