Oklahoma linebacker DaShaun White, a junior from North Richland Hills, Texas, landed on the Dick Butkus Award watch list on Monday, joining five teammates so far who’ve made preseason watch lists.
The Butkus Award goes to college football’s top linebacker. There are 51 linebackers on the watch list — Dick Butkus’ jersey number with the Chicago Bears.
It’s the seventh college football award so far to release a preseason watch lists, and there’s a Sooner on six: White, tight end Austin Stogner (John Mackey), defensive end Ronnie Perkins (Chuck Bendarik), receiver Charleston Rambo (Fred Biletnikoff), running back Kennedy Brooks (Doak Walker) and linebacker Caleb Kelly (Ronnie Lott).
The Butkus has gone to an Oklahoma player four times: Brian Bosworth won the first two (1985-86), Rocky Calmus won in 2001, and Teddy Lehman won in 2003.
White became a starter last year as a sophomore, collecting 52 total tackles.
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