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:
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:
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.