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Smallwood Named To Butkus Award Watch List

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Yawin Smallwood (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Yawin Smallwood (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

University of Connecticut junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood has been named to football’s “Butkus Award 2013 Collegiate Watch List.”  Smallwoood is one of 51 candidates on the list,  in honor of the #51 jersey worn by Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears.

Smallwood also has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Bednarik Award Watch List,  both given to the top defensive player in the country.

Smallwood,  who has played in all 24 UConn games over the past two seasonsm  has 214 career tackles,  in 2012 he led the Huskies in tackles (with 120)  and was second in tackles for a loss (with 15.)  He had four sacks and two forced fumbles and was a three-time Big East Defensive Player of the Week.

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