Carolina Newcomer on Preseason List for Nations Top Linebacker
Senior University of South Carolina Jordan Strachan has been named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list, it was announced today.
The Butkus Award, now in its 37th season, annually honors the nation’s top linebacker. The watch list includes 51 linebackers, a reflection of the legendary “51” pro jersey associated with the Award’s namesake, Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the greatest defensive player in football history.
The semi-finalists are expected to be named on November 1, the finalists on November 22 and the winner on or before December 7.
Established in 1985, the Butkus Award honors three-tier linebackers and supports causes important to the Butkus family. Causes include the Butkus Takes Heart initiative that encourages early cardiovascular screening in adults, and the I Play Clean initiative that encourages athletes to exercise naturally without performance-enhancing drugs.
The Butkus Award partners with Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage to celebrate the winners of the Butkus Award. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2022. Contact the Butkus Foundation for information about tickets and sponsorship.
The Butkus Award is presented by the Butkus Foundation and selected by a 51-member expert panel of coaches, scouts and journalists. The award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which includes college football’s most prestigious awards. The NCFAA’s 25 awards have honored more than 800 recipients since 1935. Visit www.NCFAA.org For more information.
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(Camden County/State of Georgia)
Transfer from Georgia State, where he was originally a walk-on for former Gamecock assistant coach Shawn Elliott…developed into a third-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer after bagging the nation in 2020 …enrolled at Carolina in January and went through spring exercises but was hampered by a hamstring injury…loves to work and is committed to his craft…last name is pronounced STRAHN.
2020 (Red Shirt Junior)
Returned to the outside linebacker lineup after a knee injury in 2019…earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors from third team…tied first in FBS with school record 10.5 sacks…average of 1.05 sacks per game seventh in the nation and fourth among players with at least six games played… also set the school record with 14.0 tackles for loss, second in the Sun Belt with 1.4 TFLs per game. tied for the Sun Belt lead with two fumbles and came in second with three forced fumbles…part of a Georgia state defense that set a school record with 35 sacks…started all 10 games, totaling 41 tackles …made a big game in the state of Arkansas with a sack and forced fumble that picked up teammate Blake Carroll and returned 74 yards for a touchdown…named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for win at Troy after three tackles to have for loss recorded including 2.5 sacks, two fumbles and a forced fumble…got a strip sack and recovered at the Troy 8-yard line to set up a TD and recover his other fumble 63 yards…collected a career-high six tackles against Appalachian State…had two sacks and three tackles for loss in South Alabama…had a strip sack, forcing a fumble that GSU recovered, with more two minutes left against Georgia Southern to help seal the win… finished the season with 1.5 sacks vs. WKU in LendingTree Bowl victory… nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy… named in spring athletic director’s honors list.
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