Oklahoma linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker are each on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football.
Alexander and Striker are two of 51 players on the initial list. Also included is former Guthrie High School standout Kentrell Brothers, who is the leading returning tackler at Missouri.
Alexander and Striker were also announced Tuesday as Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) candidates.
Preseason Watch List Calendar
Tuesday, July 7: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year)
Wednesday, July 8: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center)
Thursday, July 9: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter)
Friday, July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman)
Monday: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)
Tuesday: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker)
Wednesday: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement)
Thursday: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back)
Friday: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)