A Step Closer to the Butkus and Lott

Already named a finalist for the Lombardi Award earlier this week, senior captain Paul Posluszny has taken a step closer to two more awards - the Butkus Award and the Lott Trophy.

Today senior captain Paul Posluszny was named as a finalist for the Butkus Award and a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy.

The 6-2, 238-pound Posluszny is one of three finalists for the prestigious honor, which is presented by The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. (DACO). The award is named in honor of former Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Dick Butkus.

The other two players up for the Butkus Award, an honor Posluszny won last year, are:

James Laurinaitis of Ohio State
Patrick Willis of Mississippi

Posluszny has an opportunity to join Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth (1985-86) as the only repeat winner in the history of the Butkus Award. Posluszny is the first Nittany Lion to be a two-time Butkus Award finalist.

"It would be a huge honor (to win the Butkus Award twice), considering the only other guy who did that was Bosworth " said Posluszny. "I'm just happy to be with the other two guys who are obviously great linebackers and great football players. I'm just happy to be a part of the group."

Posluszny was also today named a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy, named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's defensive IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) player of the year. Now in its third year, the Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

"These seven players represent the best of college football, as athletes, teammates, leaders and students," said Lott. "Each has impressed us with his commitment, his work ethic and his contributions to his team."

Aside from Posluszny, the semifinalists for the Lott Trophy are:

Buster Davis of Florida State
Patrick Willis of Mississippi
Quinn Pitcock of Ohio State
Michael Griffin of Texas
Daymeion Hughes of Cal
Mkistro Bruce of Washington State

Posluszny is the all-time career tackle leader for Penn State, an honor he claimed last Saturday. This season he has 93 tackles and is on pace to set a season career high.


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