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