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December 11, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Penn State's Paul Posluszny won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker last night. The award, given by the Orlando Downtown Athletic Club, is Posluszny's second national honor. He won the Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player on Thursday. Posluszny beat out Ohio State's A.J. Hawk and Alabama's DeMeco Ryans in becoming the second Penn State linebacker to win the Butkus Award in its 21-year history. Lavar Arrington won in 1999. This season, Posluszny has 111 tackles, including 11 for loss, and three sacks.
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August 26, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State's Paul Posluszny, the 2005 winner, and teammate Dan Connor are among 65 preseason candidates for this season's Butkus Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate linebacker. Posluszny, a senior cocaptain recuperating from a knee injury, could become just the second repeat winner in the award's 22-year history. Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth won it in 1985 and 1986. A consensus all-American in 2005, the Aliquippa native led the Nittany Lions in tackles last season and enters 2006 just 88 shy of the school's all-time mark.
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December 12, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Penn State's LaVar Arrington has won the Butkus Award as college football's top linebacker. Arrington, a junior, beat out teammate Brandon Short, Kansas State's Mark Simoneau, and Tennessee's Raynoch Thompson for the award presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando (Fla.) on Friday night. "I wish I could split the award with them," Arrington said. "I don't think you could have a better list of finalists. " The award was the second in as many days for Arrington.
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October 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news that reached Happy Valley earlier this week was a real head-shaker, perhaps even worse than the officiating crew's blowing two vital calls in Penn State's loss to Ohio State a couple of nights before. Fifth-year senior Mike Hull, the 6-foot, 235-pound heart and soul of the Nittany Lions defense and arguably the Big Ten's best at his position, was left off the list of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's No. 1 linebacker. How could that be? Maybe his 19-tackle performance against the Buckeyes came after the selection committee had chosen the semifinalists.
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November 14, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan was among the five finalists announced yesterday for the second-annual Butkus Award. Joining Conlan are last year's winner, Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma, Cornelius Bennett of Alabama, Byron Evans of Arizona and Chris Spielman of Ohio State. Bennett, Conlan and Evans are seniors, while Bosworth and Spielman are juniors. The winner of the award, named for former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus and given to the nation's top linebacker, will be announced Dec. 11 by the Orlando (Fla.
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December 12, 2005 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Posluszny is piling up postseason honors nearly as rapidly as he racked up tackles in helping Penn State to a surprising 10-1 record in 2005. On Saturday night, the junior from Aliquippa won the Butkus Award as the nation's outstanding linebacker and told school officials he expected to come back for his senior year. Last week, Posluszny, who has been named a first-team all-American by two organizations, won the Bednarik Award, which goes to the top defensive player. "They're both huge honors, but I'd have to say, as a linebacker, that this one means a lot more to me," Posluszny said.
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December 27, 2007 | BRAD J. GUIGAR/Daily News
A look at the honor roll of superlative linebackers who have played for Joe Paterno, including the years they received All-America recognition: Player All-Amer. Fast fact Dennis Onkotz 1968-69 287 career tackles; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 Jack Ham 1970 251 career tackles, and also blocked three punts in 1968; put in College Hall in 1990 Charlie Zapiec 1971 17 tackles vs. Iowa in '71 John Skorupan 1972 Among career tackles leaders with 274 Ed O'Neil 1973 126 tackles in 1972 Greg Buttle 1975 343 career tackles led the all-time list for three decades Shane Conlan 1985-86 274 career tackles Andre Collins 1989 PSU tackles leader in 1998 and '99 LaVar Arrington 1998-99 Butkus Award winner, 1999 Brandon Short 1999 4-year starter and Butkus Award finalist in 1999 Paul Posluszny 2005-06 Two-time Bednarik Award winner and Butkus Award winner Dan Connor 2007 No. 1 on school's career tackles list
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October 20, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn State got relief from a potentially big headache yesterday when two quarterbacks with achy heads were given approval to play against Illinois tomorrow. School officials said that Anthony Morelli and Daryll Clark, both of whom suffered mild concussions in last week's loss to Michigan, had been cleared by the medical staff. The quarterbacks had been under observation since leaving Saturday's loss in the second half. They have undergone cognitive tests, and since Tuesday have been taking part in noncontact drills.
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July 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pair of Penn State seniors, linebacker Glenn Carson and guard John Urschel, have earned mention on two watch lists for college football awards, it was announced Monday. Carson was named to the list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Urschel is on the list of contenders for the Rotary Lombardi Award, an honor given to down linemen and defensive players who line up within 5 yards of the football. Urschel, who has graduated and will work on a second master's degree in the fall, already had been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation's top lineman.
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October 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news that reached Happy Valley earlier this week was a real head-shaker, perhaps even worse than the officiating crew's blowing two vital calls in Penn State's loss to Ohio State a couple of nights before. Fifth-year senior Mike Hull, the 6-foot, 235-pound heart and soul of the Nittany Lions defense and arguably the Big Ten's best at his position, was left off the list of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's No. 1 linebacker. How could that be? Maybe his 19-tackle performance against the Buckeyes came after the selection committee had chosen the semifinalists.
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July 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pair of Penn State seniors, linebacker Glenn Carson and guard John Urschel, have earned mention on two watch lists for college football awards, it was announced Monday. Carson was named to the list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Urschel is on the list of contenders for the Rotary Lombardi Award, an honor given to down linemen and defensive players who line up within 5 yards of the football. Urschel, who has graduated and will work on a second master's degree in the fall, already had been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation's top lineman.
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December 7, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
IT WAS a night to remember for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. The Fighting Irish senior won three major honors Thursday at the College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Te'o won the Walter Camp national player of the year award, the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player and the Bednarik Award as the nation's most outstanding defensive player. He already had been awarded the Butkus Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award. Saturday night he is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
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December 5, 2012 | Associated Press
Notre Dame star Manti Te'o found out Monday morning he had won the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker. Then he accepted the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player later in the day. He also picked up a trip to New York as one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. The senior linebacker said being mentioned along with former Nagurski winners such as Charles Woodson, Terrell Suggs, Warren Sapp and Champ Bailey is "something very special to me. " Also named as finalists for the Heisman Trophy are Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
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December 8, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BOSTON COLLEGE linebacker Luke Kuechly has won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. Kuechly, who leads the nation with 191 tackles this season, beat out Alabama linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for the award last night. Kuechly was a bright spot for a team that finished 4-8. The junior has a school- and Atlantic Coast Conference-record 532 career tackles. He is the first recipient from Boston College and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker Sunday.
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December 5, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LUKE KUECHLY OF Boston College won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football. Butkus, the former star linebacker with the Chicago Bears, presented the award to Kuechly at the Eagles' end-of-year banquet. "I used to watch so much football growing up and when they'd talk about great players they would always talk about Dick Butkus," Kuechly said. "Just being mentioned along with those [past winners] and winning an award named after a guy like Dick Butkus is great.
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December 9, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said yesterday he didn't realize the football must hit something before the clock stops when he tossed away a pass at the end of the Longhorns' 13-12 victory against Nebraska - a gaffe that nearly left his team with no time to kick the game-winning field goal. McCoy said he thought the clocked stop on a pass out of bounds as soon as it crossed the first-down marker. Had he known the rule, he said, he wouldn't have floated a long and high pass over the bench area that didn't touch down until it appeared to hit a railing near the stands.
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May 2, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A convicted steroids dealer was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Sherman, Texas, and told the judge the drugs he sold ended up in the hands of NFL players. David Jacobs, 35, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $25,000. After the sentencing, he told reporters that he would not name the players he says used the steroids he sold. Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler has Type 1 diabetes, the Denver Post reported. Cutler, who could not be reached for comment, has been taking insulin shots since the recent diagnosis and has been participating in the Broncos' off-season workout program.
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December 27, 2007 | BRAD J. GUIGAR/Daily News
A look at the honor roll of superlative linebackers who have played for Joe Paterno, including the years they received All-America recognition: Player All-Amer. Fast fact Dennis Onkotz 1968-69 287 career tackles; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 Jack Ham 1970 251 career tackles, and also blocked three punts in 1968; put in College Hall in 1990 Charlie Zapiec 1971 17 tackles vs. Iowa in '71 John Skorupan 1972 Among career tackles leaders with 274 Ed O'Neil 1973 126 tackles in 1972 Greg Buttle 1975 343 career tackles led the all-time list for three decades Shane Conlan 1985-86 274 career tackles Andre Collins 1989 PSU tackles leader in 1998 and '99 LaVar Arrington 1998-99 Butkus Award winner, 1999 Brandon Short 1999 4-year starter and Butkus Award finalist in 1999 Paul Posluszny 2005-06 Two-time Bednarik Award winner and Butkus Award winner Dan Connor 2007 No. 1 on school's career tackles list
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