Preseason award watch lists are about as swell as taking your family out to dinner at your neighborhood’s finest Taco Bell. It is not that they mean nothing (or taste good given the poor analogy), but it’s the fact that approximately eleventy-billion players make each watch list. The Butkust Award is no different as its preseason watch list is about as exclusive as said Taco Bell.
The Butkus Award — given to the nation’s top linebacker at the end of the season — is coveted by any player who isn’t fast enough to be a safety, but isn’t chubby enough to play the line. Really, to be fair, linebacker might be where the best athletes are put and the Butkus Award is a great honor for the potential winner.
The Florida State Seminoles are no stranger to awards. No matter the position, the Noles tend to get a few players on every preseason watch list. FSU, therefore, isn’t surprising anyone that two of their own have been named on the watch list for the nation’s top linebacker.
Seniors, Christian Jones and Telvin Smith, were both on the list when it was released on Monday.
This marks the second appearance for Jones on the list. Last season he led the Seminoles in tackling, totaling 95 by the time the season was all said in done. He is also regarded as one of the top returning linebackers in the entire country.
For Smith, however, this marks his first entry into the realm of preseason prognostication. The previous season saw him play a lot of snaps from inside linebacker and splitting duties. With the transition to the outside looming and becoming a full-time starter, his 64 tackles from last year will end up seeming like a small number by the time the 2013-14 campaign is done.
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