Hurricanes senior LB Denzel Perryman is one of 15 semifinalists for the 2014 Butkus Award, given annually to the Nation's best linebacker.
The 2014 Preseason All-ACC selection has added four tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles through eight games. He stands as Miami’s active tackles leader with 303 career stops, and is just 25 tackles shy of cracking the top 10 mark in program history in the category.
Perryman is looking to become just the fifth Hurricane to ever be named a Butkus Award finalist and second to win the award outright; Dan Morgan was selected the winner in 2000.
Finalists for both the collegiate and high school levels will be named November 24 and winners by December 9, by the independent panel of 51 recruiters, scouts, coaches and journalists.
Butkus Award 2014 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Stephone Anthony Clemson University
Myles Jack University of California Los Angeles
Jordan Jenkins University of Georgia
A.J. Johnson University of Tennessee
Eric Kendricks University of California Los Angeles
Hau'oli Kikaha University of Washington
Benardrick McKinney Mississippi State University
Denzel Perryman University of Miami (Fla.)
Hayes Pullard University of Southern California
Reggie Ragland University of Alabama
Jake Ryan University of Michigan
Jaylon Smith University of Notre Dame
Eric Striker University of Oklahoma
Shaq Thompson University of Washington
Ramik Wilson University of Georgia