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Five from Big Ten on Butkus Award list

Preseason watch list madness continues today with the unveiling of the Butkus Award 2011 nominees. The trophy goes to the nation's top linebacker.

Linebacker isn't exactly a star-studded position for the Big Ten, at least not yet. But the league did place five players on the watch list. They are:

  • Chris Borland, Wisconsin

  • Lavonte David, Nebraska

  • Michael Mauti, Penn State

  • Tyler Nielsen, Iowa

  • Mike Taylor, Wisconsin

David looks like the favorite here after his huge 2010 season. But watch out for Mauti and Borland if they can stay healthy.