Aug. 13, 2008
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STANFORD, Calif. - Junior Clinton Snyder and fifth-year senior Pat Maynor have been named to the watch list for the 2008 Butkus Award, which has been given annually since 1985 to the top linebacker in college football. Named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, the award honors both athletic achievement and service to the community.
Snyder is now on a trio of 2008 watch lists, as he is also a candidate for both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards honoring the top defensive player in college football. The national notice comes after a stellar 2007 season in which he earned second team All-Pac-10 honors and was among the conference leaders in virtually every defensive category, including fumbles forced (4-t-1st), tackles for loss (14.5-5th), fumbles recovered (3-t-4th), sacks (8-t-7th) and tackles (89-t-9th). Snyder ranks as Stanford's active leader in tackles (179), sacks (10.0), fumbles forced (7) and is tied for first in fumbles recovered (3) and tackles for loss (18).
Maynor also cemented his place among the Pac-10 and nation's linebacker elite last season, posting career-highs with 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.0 sacks. His 1.50 TFL per game ranked second in the Pac-10 and was tied for 12th in the country, while his sack total was tied for 60th among NCAA leaders. A veteran of 32 career games - including 20 starts over the last two years - he is tied for second on Stanford's active career list with 135 tackles and 19.5 tackles-for-loss.
Stanford now boasts three award nominees in its projected starting defense, as safety Bo McNally is on the Lott Trophy watch list. The Cardinal offense is anchored by senior center Alex Fletcher, who is on watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and Rimington Award.
Snyder, Maynor, McNally and the rest of the Cardinal open their 2008 season on Thursday, Aug. 28 with a 6:00pm game against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium.