University of Florida linebacker Channing Crowder was named to the Butkus Award watch list, while quarterback Chris Leak was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list as named by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando and the Walter Camp foundation, respectively, on Thursday. The Butkus Award is awarded to the nation's top linebacker while the Walter Camp award goes to the best overall player in college football.
Crowder is coming off a 2003 campaign in which the then true freshman compiled 106 total tackles, five for a loss, and two quarterback sacks in 11 games, starting nine, a record for freshmen linebackers at UF.
In 2003, Leak played in all 13 games with nine starts. He has completed 190 of 320 career passes for 2,435 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a true freshman he had a 6-3 record as the starting quarterback, the highest winning percentage of any freshman QB in the country.
The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, Oct. 14. That list will be cut down to three finalists which will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on Thursday, November 11. The winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 10, 2004. The Butkus Award will be presented to the winner by the award's namesake former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear NFL Hall of Fame member, Dick Butkus.
The Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists in early November. The 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Feb. 13, 2005 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
2004 Butkus Award Watch List
Anderson, Mike Idaho McCune, Robert Louisville Atkinson, Brian Northern Illinois Mitchell, Lance Oklahoma Avalos, Andy Boise State Moore, Chris East Carolina Blackstock, Darryl Virginia Morrison, Kirk San Diego State Boley, Michael Southern Miss Nande, Terna Miami (OH) Brooks, Ahmad Virginia Nicholas, Stephen South Florida Bunting, Nick Tulsa Nicholson, A.J. Florida State Burnett, Kevin Tennessee Osemwegie, Moses Vanderbilt Carpenter, Bobby Ohio State Pollard, Jonathan Oregon State Crowder, Channing Florida Pruitt, Kellen Syracuse Derting, Will Washington State Reid, Lawrence Michigan Duren, Paul Oklahoma State Rhule, Stanford UCF Enzor, Jamar Cincinnati Rodriguez, Robert UTEP Fincher, Alfred Connecticut Ruud, Barrett Nebraska Glover, Richard New Mexico State Ryans, DeMeco Alabama Goolsby, Mike Notre Dame Seward, Adam UNLV Greenway, Chad Iowa Simon, Kevin Tennessee Grootegoed, Matt USC Sims, Ted Kansas State Gyorko, Scott West Virginia Sinclair, Matt Illinois Havner, Spencer UCLA Smith, Kelvin Syracuse Hawk, A.J. Ohio State Stanley, Ron Michigan State Hill, Leroy Clemson Tatupu, Lofa USC Hodge, Abdul Iowa Thomas, Pat NC State Hunter, Wendell California Thurman, Odell Georgia Jackson, D'Qwell Maryland Toomey, Gabriel Kansas Johnson, Derrick Texas Tuner, Lionel LSU Jordan, Anthony Toledo Wallace, Rian Temple Kinney, James Missouri Warren, Justin Texas A&M Koehl, Wade Houston Watts, Robert Utah State Lloyd, Maurice Connecticut Williams, Leon Miami (FL) London, Justin UCLA Woodfin, Zac UAB Mahl, Eric Kent State Woods, Pierre Michigan McCoy, Matt San Diego State
2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"
Marion Barber III, RB, Minnesota Cedric Bensen, RB, Texas Josh Bullocks, LB, Nebraska Timmy Chang, QB, Hawaii Patrick Cobbs, RB, North Texas Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma P.J. Daniels, RB, Georgia Tech Anthony Davis, RB, Wisconsin Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan David Greene, QB, Georgia Matt Grotegoed, LB, USC Tramain Hall, RB, North Carolina State A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State Matt Herian, TE, Nebraska Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas Kevin Kolb, QB, Houston Chris Leak, QB, Florida Matt Leinart, QB, USC Jermelle Lewis, RB, Iowa Geoff McArthur, WR, California DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico Lance Moore, WR, Toledo Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue David Pollack, DE, Georgia Walter Reyes, RB, Syracuse Chris Rix, QB, Florida State Aaron Rodgers, QB, California Antrel Rolle, DB, Miami (Fla.) Brad Smith, QB, Missouri Darren Sproules, RB, Kansas State Justin Vincent, RB, LSU Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona State Corey Webster, DB, LSU Jason White, QB, Oklahoma Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Clemson DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn Vincent Young, QB, Texas