Three Gators make watch lists
Published: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
Florida linebackers Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins have been named to the Butkus Award watch list, the National College Football Awards Association announced.
Bostic is coming off a stellar sophomore season where he appeared in all 13 games and finished tied for third on the team with 57 tackles (36 solo and 21 assisted). Bostic recorded three interceptions, ranking him eighth nationally among linebackers.
Jenkins, a 2010 SEC All-Freshman team selection, made a strong impression during his first season on the field tallying 78 tackles, tops among SEC freshmen and 21st overall in the conference.
Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award is awarded annually to the nation's top linebacker. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee, headed by Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and comprised of 51 experts including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, will conduct the selection process. The winner will be announced on December 8 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST.
Although UF has never had a Butkus Award winner, several Gator greats have been named finalists over the years including Alonzo Jackson, Tim Paulk, Jevon Kearse and Brandon Spikes.
Doak Walker Watch List
Florida senior running back Jeff Demps has been named to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Friday.
Demps, a 2009 Doak Walker Award nominee, is coming off an impressive 2010 campaign where he led the Gators in several statistical categories including rushing yards (551), carries (92), yards per game (50.1) and all-purpose yards (927).
For his career, Demps has amassed 1,901 yards rushing on 269 carries, a 7.1 average, and 17 touchdowns. He has tallied 309 yards receiving over his three seasons in Gainesville.
The Doak Walker Award is given annually to the top running back in college football. This year's watch list includes 51 candidates from across the country. The winner will be announced on December 8 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST. A presentation banquet will be held in February 2012 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.