Minnesota linebacker Ben West is among 90 nominees listed for the 2003 Butkus Award, which is annually presented to the nation's top collegiate linebacker. West, a 6-2, 240-pound senior, was honored as one of 10 Big Ten linebackers named to the Butkus Award Watch List. He is originally from Appleton (WI) North.
August 22, 2003
After an unexpectedly surprising campaign in 2002, one in which several senior players stepped to the forefront, Joe Pa and the fans in Happy Valley are now faced with a team devastated by graduation. The Lions had four picks in the initial frame last April with another pair off the board before the 60th selection…this year they may only have half that amount chosen in all seven rounds.
July 12, 2003