Carter Named Butkus Award Finalist

North Carolina senior linebacker Bruce Carter has been named a finalist for the 26th annual Butkus Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top football linebacker.

Finalists were selected by a panel of 51 coaches, scouts and journalists supervised by Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly. The winner will be announced the week of Dec. 5.

Carter has played in all 11 games this year, starting the last 10 in a row, and has 57 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for losses, one interception, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked punt. He was named the ACC Player of the Week for his performance against Rutgers when he returned an interception 55 yards and blocked a punt. Both of those plays led to Carolina scores in a 17-13 victory. Carter now has blocked seven kicks in his career, including six punts and a field goal attempt. A native of Havelock, N.C., Carter is on track to graduate this December.

Butkus Award Collegiate Finalists:
Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Bruce Carter, North Carolina
Justin Houston, Georgia
Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Von Miller, Texas A&M

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