CHICAGO – Shayne Skov has been named as one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday. The award honors the most outstanding linebacker in the country at three levels, including high school, college and professional football.
“This Award is about honoring linebackers at all levels, and reminding them that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society,” said Dick Butkus, the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.
In addition to crowning the top linebacker, the Butkus Award aims to spread the word about the “I Play Clean™” initiative, which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play smart, instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs.
Skov leads one of the top defensive units in the country with 85 tackles through 11 games. He has also contributed 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries.
The Guadalajara, Mexico, native has anchored a Cardinal defense that has limited its last five opponents to 249 combined rushing yards, fewer than 50 yards/game.
Butkus Award honorees are selected by a 51-person panel comprised of scouts, coaches and journalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 10.
Last year’s winners were Manti Te’o, Notre Dame (San Diego Chargers); Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers Fort Wayne, Ind. (Notre Dame); and Von Miller, Denver Broncos.