Aug. 25, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ohio linebacker Matt Muncy (Miamisburg, Ohio) has been named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. It is the third major award that Muncy is being considered for this season, including the Lombardi Award and the Lott Trophy.
As a junior in 2005, Muncy was a first-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches. He led the Bobcats and the MAC with 115 tackles. He also ranked among the nation's top 20 in both solo tackles per game and total tackles per game. Muncy tied for the team lead with 9.0 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks. He intercepted one pass, while breaking up six others. Muncy also forced one fumble and recovered two.
"It's a tremendous honor to be mentioned with these great players," Muncy said. "Now I just need to go out each week and prove myself on the field and help my team win. Everyone's focus is on winning games, and if we do that, the individual awards will come later."
For his career, Muncy is Ohio's active career leader with 246 total tackles and 22.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
This is the second consecutive season that Muncy has been named to the watch list as one of the nation's top linebackers.
Muncy is one of four players from the Mid-American Conference on the watch list for the Butkus Award. The candidates will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, Oct. 19. Those players will be cut down to three finalists on Thursday, Nov. 9 with the winner announced on Saturday, Dec. 9. The award will be presented by its namesake, NFL Hall of Fame member Dick Butkus, former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear linebacker.
The 2005 Lombardi Award was won by Penn State's Paul Posluszny. Previous winners include Derrick Johnson (Texas), Teddy Lehman (Oklahoma), LaVar Arrington (Penn State) and Derrick Thomas (Alabama).
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