Monday July 16, 2012Bostic, Jenkins, McCray named to Butkus Award Preseason Watch List
Three University of Florida linebackers - senior Jon Bostic (Wellington, Fla.), junior Jelani Jenkins (Olney, Md.), and senior Lerentee McCray (Ocala, Fla.) - have been named to the 2012 Butkus Award Preseason watch list, announced by the organization Monday.
Bostic and Jenkins are making their second appearances on the list, after being placed on the 2011 preseason watch list. Last season, Bostic appeared in all 13 games at middle linebacker and led the Gators with 94 tackles and tied for second in tackles for loss with 10.0. He is a third-team defense Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC honoree.
Jenkins played in 12 games at weakside linebacker in 2011 and finished the season third in tackles (75) and second in breakups (6). The junior from Olney, Md. is a second-team defense Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC honoree.
McCray made five starts for the Orange and Blue last season and tied for a team-high four quarterback hurries and was fifth in tackles for loss with 7.5. He missed the four games last season hampered with injuries.
Florida is one of two schools to have three preseason nominees on the award, which has recognized the nation’s most outstanding linebacker in college football since 1985. The award, named after NFL great Dick Butkus, is selected by a committee composed of 51 coaches, evaluators and journalist, coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.