Ramik Wilson, Jordan Jenkins named Butkus Award semifinalists


The Butkus Award is given to the nation’s best linebacker following each and every college football season, and the 2014 season could feature a member of the Georgia Bulldogs holding the trophy. As of Monday, both Ramik Wilson and Jordan Jenkins have been named semifinalists for the top honor among college football linebackers, and they are two of only 15 players to be nominated.

Amusingly, neither Jenkins nor Wilson actually leads the Bulldogs in tackles, as Amarlo Herrera holds that distinction with 57 total stops this season. However, Wilson narrowly trails in that category with 55 total tackles and a team-leading 31 solo tackles, while Jenkins leads the Bulldogs in tackles for loss with 6.5 and finishes tops among linebackers (and second on the team to Leonard Floyd) with 3.5 sacks.

Both players have received accolades during their time in Athens, as Wilson was the SEC’s leading tackler as a junior in 2013, and Jenkins was named to the All-SEC second team after contributing a team-high 12 tackles for loss during that same campaign. Jeremy Pruitt’s linebacking corps is among the best in the country, and that is again evident with yet another recognition of the absurd talent in this group.