MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas State junior Elijah Lee and senior Charmeachealle Moore were among 51 linebackers named to the 32nd annual Butkus Award watch list, the Butkus Foundation announced Tuesday.
Kansas State was one of only six schools nationally with multiple players on the list to honor the nation’s best linebacker, joining Alabama, Houston, Louisville, Ohio State and Penn State. It was the first time since Arthur Brown in 2012 the Wildcats had a candidate for the award.
Lee, who is also a candidate for this year’s Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy, paced the squad last season with 80 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. He also led K-State with three interceptions, the most by a Wildcat linebacker since 2002, en route to Second Team All-Big 12 honors.
A product of Dallas, Texas, Moore finished second on the team with 55 tackles, 43 of which came in the final four games of the year (10.8 tackles per game). He recorded a career-best 17 stops in K-State’s bowl-eligibility clinching victory over West Virginia in the season finale on his way to Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Of his 17 stops against the Mountaineers, 16 were unassisted, the most nationally during the 2015 season and the most by a Wildcat since at least 1990.
Semifinalists for the 32nd annual Butkus Award will be named on October 31, and finalists on November 21. The winner will be announced in early 2017 on the recipient’s campus.
Kansas State will conduct its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 13, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Details for the event will be announced at a later date. Head coach Bill Snyder, along with the 2016 team captains – Dante Barnett, Jesse Ertz, Jordan Willis and Dalton Risner – will head to Dallas, Texas, next Tuesday to participate in Big 12 Media Day.
Heading into Snyder’s 25th season at the helm of the Wildcats, excitement is building for the 2016 season as a limited number of single-game tickets remain available for K-State’s six home games. Available tickets for the homecoming game against Texas on Saturday, October 22, are expected to be down to scattered singles soon, and the other five home games are also selling quickly as K-State looks to extend its sellout streak to 33-straight games.
Wildcats on National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Watch Lists
Dante Barnett – Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Will Geary – Outland Trophy
Elijah Lee – Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award
Charmeachealle Moore – Butkus Award
Dalton Risner – Rimington Trophy
Duke Shelley – Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Nick Walsh – Ray Guy Award