Calmus a finalist

Senior linebacker Rocky Calmus hopes to become OU's first Butkus Award winner since Brian Bosworth

Oklahoma senior linebacker Rocky Calmus has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Butkus Award, which is given each year to college football's best linebacker.

Oklahoma has a rich history with the Butkus as former Sooner great Brian Bosworth is the only two-time winner of the award, something that is not lost on Calmus.

"It would be a great honor to bring it back to Oklahoma where we have the only two-time winner," said Calmus. It would mean a lot to me and the university."

Calmus finished second to Miami's Dan Morgan in last year's Butkus voting, but Calmus knew that he would get another opportunity.

"For a second I was a little bit of disappointed, but just being in the top three is special," said Calmus. I knew I was coming back for one more year and just to get back there is another great honor."

Calmus is a three-year starter and certain to be a two-time consensus All-American. For the last two years Calmus has been the unquestioned leader of the Sooner defensive unit.

"Rocky Calmus was been the backbone of our defense in our run to the national championship," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "He is once again in this years continued run."

Calmus will be the odds on favorite to win the award. Other finalists include senior Robert Thomas of UCLA and junior E.J. Henderson of Maryland.

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