Alabama’s Reuben Foster Wins 2016 Dick Butkus Award
December 4, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama senior linebacker Reuben Foster
is the recipient of the 2016 Butkus Award, presented
annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker.
Photo Credit - Kent Gidley
Foster was presented the award Sunday evening by the award's
namesake, Dick Butkus, during the Alabama Football Team
Banquet at the Birmingham Sheraton. Foster is fourth
Crimson Tide player to win the award, joining Derrick
Thomas (1988), Rolando McClain (2009) and C.J. Mosley (2013).
The signal-caller of the Crimson Tide linebacking corps,
Foster has put together an impressive senior campaign,
helping to lead an Alabama defense that tops the nation in
total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and
defensive touchdowns. He has collected a team-high 94
tackles while adding 12.0 tackles for loss (-56 yards) and
four sacks (-33 yards). The Auburn, Ala., native has
totaled eight quarterback hurries and a pair of pass
breakups for the season.
Foster was chosen for the award over fellow finalists
Kendall Beckwith (LSU), Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt),
Jarrad Davis (Florida) and Josey Jewell (Iowa).
The award recognizes linebackers at three levels of
competition while helping spread the word about Butkus'
"I Play Clean" initiative, which encourages teens to eat
well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of
resorting to steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
Considered one of the greatest football players in history,
Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago
Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational
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