Lewis named to Butkus list

Friday, August 2, 2019 0 Comments

Lewis named to Butkus list
Florida International University and Monsignor Edward Pace High graduate Sage Lewis was named to the Butkus Award Watch List , joining 50 other candidates as the Panther is recognized as one of the best linebackers in the nation. 
Each watch list contains 51 linebackers, mirroring the legendary "51" pro jersey associated with the Award's namesake Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history. The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes candidates from 39 universities, including returning finalist Dylan Moses of Alabama who won the 2016 high school Butkus Award, and returning semifinalist Markus Bailey of Purdue. 
Semi-finalists will be named November 4, finalists November 25, and winners on or before December 10. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement to win the award.
Lewis was named the Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year last week, ahead of the C-USA Media Kickoff in Frisco, Texas. 
After making the move to middle linebacker in 2018, Lewis broke the school record in total tackles (132) and solos (83) while ranking first in the league for both of those categories. Lewis' 83 solos ranked 10th in the nation last season, with that same number ranking third in the country among 2019 returnees. Lewis was awarded C-USA First Team honors following his stellar junior campaign in 2018. 
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