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Palmer Named to Butkus List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/13/2008
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Aug. 13, 2008

University of Arizona senior linebacker Ronnie Palmer has been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's best linebacker, presented by the Butkus Foundation.

Palmer's preseason selection adds to UA's list of potential recipients named to watch lists. So far, quarterback Willie Tuitama and receiver Mike Thomas have been cited by the Maxwell Award, Tuitama was named for the Davey O'Brien Award, offensive tackle Eben Britton was named to the Outland Trophy watch list, tight end Rob Gronkowski was picked by the John Mackey Award panel, center Blake Kerley was named a contender for the Rimington Trophy, punter Keenyn Crier was picked by the Ray Guy Award panel and kicker Jason Bondzio could be in the mix for the Lou Groza Award.

Palmer is one of UA's four returning defensve starters and might best be described as a darkhorese candidate after playing in the shadow of departed Wildcat linebacker Spencer Larsen for the past two years. A 28-game career starter, he was second on the squad with 83 tackles as a junior in 2007.

 2008 Butkus Award Watch List

Russell Allen #46

San Diego State

Darry Beckwith #11

Louisiana State University

Tray Blackman #10

Auburn

Will Bonilla #27

SMU

Caleb Bostic #44

Miami, Ohio

Jasper Brinkley #52

South Carolina

Derrick Burrell #19

Kent State

Reggie Carter #51

U.C.L.A.

Jonathan Casillas #2

Wisconsin

Jamar Chaney #22

Mississippi State University

Scotty Cooper #44

Clemson University

Maurice Crum #40

Notre Dame

Rennie Curran #35

Georgia

Aaron Curry #59

Wake Forest

Brian Cushing #10

U.S.C.

Dannell Ellerbe #33

Georgia

Zack Follett #56

University of California - Berkeley

Marcus Freeman #1

Ohio State University

Kevin Grant #30

Akron

Bryant Haines #49

Ball State

Joe Henderson #51

University of Alabama - Birmingham

Robert Henson #51

T.C.U.

Mark Herzlich #94

Boston College

Anthony Heygood #42

Purdue

Daniel Holtzclaw #44

Eastern Michigan

Joey Hudson #48

Miami, Ohio

Jake Hutton #53

Utah State

Paul Igboeli #31

Utah State

Micah Johnson #4

University of Kentucky

Frantz Joseph #56

Florida Atlantic University

Braxton Kelley #56

University of Kentucky

James Laurinaitis #33

Ohio State University

Boris Lee #2

Troy

Adam Leonard #44

Hawaii

Scott Lutrus #32

University of Connecticut

Ray Maualuga #58

U.S.C.

Josh Mauga #30

Nevada

Pat Maynor #44

Stanford

Rolando McCain #25

Alabama

Rico McCoy #5

Tennesee

Gerald McGrath #24

Southern Mississippi

Tyrone McKenzie #27

University of South Florida

Scott McKillop #40

Pittsburgh

Joe Mortensen #8

University of Kansas

Clayton Mullins #9

Miami, Ohio

Gerald Munns #47

Arizona State University

Eric Norwood #40

South Carolina

Ben Owens #40

Arkansas State

Ronnie Palmer #33

University of Arizona

Joe Pawelek #41

Baylor University

Dave Philistin #34

Maryland

Jason Phillips #39

T.C.U.

Brian Raines #31

Rice

Ryan Reynolds #8

University of Oklahoma

John Ryan #90

Notre Dame

Frank Scappaticci #49

Army

Clint Sintim #51

Virginia

Clinton Snyder #57

Stanford

Clint Sovie #44

Navy

Brandon Spikes #51

Florida

Stevenson Sylvester #10

Utah

Brian Toal #16

Boston College

Worrell Williams #1

California

Reed Williams #47

West Virginia University

Martez Wilson #2

Illinois

Sean Witherspoon #12

Missouri

 

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