Campbell Named to Butkus Award Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Junior linebacker Ian Campbell was recently added to the 2007 Butkus Award watch list, the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando announced. The addition of Campbell’s name to the watch list marks the 14th-straight year a Wildcat has either been a preseason candidate or a semifinalist for the award.

The Cimmarron, Kan., native, has had a solid start to his junior campaign by recording 10 total tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 1.5 sacks. He is currently tied for fifth in the Big 12 and 31st nationally in tackles for loss since moving to linebacker in the new 3-4 defense.

Campbell is coming off an incredible sophomore campaign and is one of just four returning players nationally to record at least 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses in 2006.

Last season, Campbell was among the nation’s top pass rushers and earned All-Big 12 and All-American honors after totaling 67 tackles, 17.5 for losses, with 11.5 sacks. His 11.5 sacks tied the Kansas State single-season record and ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and 10th nationally. Campbell collected at least one sack in nine of 13 total games last season.

The Dick Butkus Award is annually given to the nation’s most outstanding linebacker. The award is named after College and Pro Football Hall of Fame recipient Dick Butkus, who was a two-time all-American linebacker at the University of Illinois. The watch list will be trimmed down to 10 semifinalists on October 18, with that list being cut to three finalists on Nov. 9. The winner will be announced in December in Orlando.

Notable winners of the award include Patrick Willis (2006), Derrick Johnson (2004), LaVar Arrington (1999), Kevin Hardy (1995), Derrick Thomas (1988) and Brian Bosworth (1985 and 1986).

The honor marks the fourth time this year that Campbell has been named to a preseason watch list. He is also a candidate for the Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski and Hendricks Awards.

Campbell and Kansas State will continue their season this Saturday, Sept. 15, with a tilt against Missouri State. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.