Woodyard Named to Butkus Watch List

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior linebacker Wesley Woodyard has been named to his fourth preseason national award watch list, this time being picked for the Butkus Award list for the top collegiate linebacker.

Woodyard was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by league coaches in 2006. He made 122 tackles last season, second in the SEC and 18th nationally. He also led the Wildcats with 9.5 tackles for loss. Consistency has been his hallmark, as he has made at least four tackles in 24 consecutive games and could become the first Wildcat in 14 years to reach 300 tackles in his career.

The prize is named in honor of Dick Butkus, who played for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears, and known as one of the greatest to ever play the game. The award is presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando (Fla.).

Woodyard also has been named to the preseason watch lists for three honors that go to the national defensive player of the year – the Ronnie Lott Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Friday Aug. 31 is “College Colors Day”: Sometimes holidays can be a bit complex to celebrate. There might be travel involved, gifts to purchase, and tough decisions to make on which costume to wear. For those looking for an alternative to the more challenging holidays, look no further than College Colors Day. This holiday is so easy to participate, it’s been broken down into one easy step.

Are you ready? Here it is:

Wear blue and white on Friday, August 31, 2007.