Ryan Named Butkus Award Semifinlaist

Fifth-year senior Jake Ryan has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus award, which is given annually to college football's top linebacker.

Michigan fifth-year senior linebacker Jake Ryan has been named a one of 15 semifinalist for the Butkus award, which is given out annually to college football’s top linebacker.

Ryan currently leads the Wolverines with 68 tackles and 10.0 tackles-for-loss. He also has 2.0 sacks and two pass break ups this season. He leads U-M with four double digit tackle performances, including a team-high 13 in U-M’s 26-10 loss to Utah.

In Ryan’s career, he has amassed 223 tackles, with 41.5 tackle- for-loss with 9.5 sacks. Five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His 4.5 tackles-for-loss ranks ninth on Michigan’s all-time list.

The finalist for the Butkus award will be announced on Nov. 24, with the winners announced on Dec. 9. The Butkus award has been given annually since 1985.

Ryan will look to become the second U-M player to win the award, since Erick Anderson won the award in 1990.

Michigan will play host to Indiana this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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