Iwuh, Washington on Butkus Watch List

Senior Brian Iwuh and junior Thaddaeus Washington have been selected to the 2005 Butkus Award watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker.

Brian Iwuh, a senior linebacker from Houston, has started at least two games in each of his first three seasons at Colorado and enters 2005 as the Buffs' starting buff (outside) linebacker. He has 151 career tackles and led the Buffs with 98 stops in 2004.

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.

Ten linebackers from the Big 12 are on the current watch list, including former CU recruit and current Texas A&M player Lee Foliaki.

Colorado is one of nine teams that has two players on the preseason watch list. The others are Boston College, Florida State, Iowa, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Troy and Texas A&M.

For more information and to see the entire list, see http://www.butkusaward.org/.