Dale Robinson Added To Butkus Award Watch List

Sept. 19, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Linebacker Dale Robinson has been added to the Butkus Award Watch List, the award given annually to the nation's best linebacker. Robinson is averaging just over nine tackles a game, and leads the Pac-10 with six tackles for loss. The Queens, NY native is one of 68 candidates for the Butkus Award.

The Butkus Award® Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, October 20. That semi-finalist list will be cut down to three finalists which will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award® officials on Thursday, November 10. The winner will be announced Saturday, December 10, 2005 at the Butkus Award® Gala in Orlando, FL. The Butkus Award® will be presented to the winner by the award's namesake former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear NFL Hall of Fame member, Dick Butkus. The finalists, their coaches and families are invited to attend the Butkus Award® Gala festivities including a welcome reception, golf tournament and silent auction.

The independent selection committee for the 2005 Butkus Award®, comprised of 29 of the nation's foremost national media members, is solely responsible for all voting in the selection process. Selection Committee members have already started evaluating the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire football season. Additional Watch List candidates may be added in the coming weeks. Voting for the three Butkus Award® finalists and the Butkus Award® winner will be conducted by confidential ballots of the selection committee. Last season's winner was Derrick Johnson of Texas.