Thaddaeus Washington mans the mike (inside) linebacker position for Colorado. The junior has had 11 starts in his career at CU and amassed 119 tackles.
Colorado has had two Butkus Award winners in its history, Alfred Williams (1990) and Matt Russell (1996). In addition, Russell (fourth, 1995) and Ted Johnson (runner-up, 1994) came close to winning the award.
The award has been given by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando since 1985 and is named after former great NFL linebacker Dick Butkus. The preseason watch list, which was announced Thursday, includes 65 players.
Additional players may be named to the list as the season progresses. A semi-finalist list will be announced Oct. 20. A list of three finalists will be made public Nov. 10, with the winner announced Dec. 10.
For more information and to see the entire list, see http://www.butkusaward.org/.