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David Long advances to Butkus Award semifinals

WVU’s star linebacker continues to receive national recognition.

West Virginia v Texas Tech Photo by John Weast/Getty Images

The Butkus Foundation announced today the 10 semifinalists for the 34th annual Butkus Award, of which is West Virginia redshirt junior linebacker David Long. Jr.

Long Jr. is tied for second-most solo tackles (45) and tackles for loss (12.5) in the Big 12, despite playing one game fewer than others at the top of the list. On top of those numbers, he’s tallied four sacks and 68 total tackles. He is the conference’s only representative on the list.

The complete list of Butkus Award semifinalists is:

Josh Allen, Kentucky
Markus Bailey, Purdue
Devin Bush, Michigan
Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
Tre Lamar, Clemson
David Long Jr., West Virginia
Dylan Moses, Alabama
Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA
Devin White, LSU
Mack Wilson, Alabama