While Richie Brown was busy representing Mississippi State at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama on Tuesday, he was also being added to the watch list for the Butkus Award.
The Butkus Award is presented annually to the top collegiate linebacker. Brown is one of 51 players to be selected to the preseason watch list and one of 12 from the Southeastern Conference.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior from Long Beach led the Bulldogs with 109 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season. He also added 13 tackles for loss and one interception.
Semifinalists will be released on Oct. 31 and finalists on Nov. 21. The winner will be announced on or before Dec. 6. Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith claimed the Butkus Award last year.