Oct 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Curtis Grant (14) tackles Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Curtis Grant named to 2014 Butkus Award Watch List

After taking the weekend off, the watch lists for the 2014 college football season awards were rolled out, and yet another Ohio State Buckeye was named to the list as Curtis Grant was called a name to watch for in the Butkus Award race.

The Butkus Award is handed out every year to the nation’s top linebacker, an award that was won last year by Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

With Ryan Shazier off to the NFL, there’s no doubt that Grant becomes the leader if this defensive group, and should he step up the way everyone is expecting him to, he could walk away with the trophy when all is said and done.

Here’s a look at the complete list that was rolled out on Monday.

Stephone Anthony, Clemson
Kelby Brown, Duke
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, Maryland
Dyshawn Davis, Syracuse
Aaron Davis, Colorado State
Paul Dawson, TCU
Trey DePriest, Alabama
Steve Edmond, Texas
Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
Maurice Falls, East Carolina
Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Kris Frost, Auburn
Alani Fua, BYU
Jarrett Grace, Notre Dame
Curtis Grant, Ohio State
Bryce Hager, Baylor
Ben Heeney, Kansas
Jordan Hicks, Texas
Zach Hodges, Harvard
Mike Hull, Penn State
Myles Jack, UCLA
Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Derrick Malone, Oregon
Tyler Matakevich, Temple
Derrick Matthews, Houston
Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
Braylon Mitchell, Arkansas
Mason Monheim, Illinois
Mike Orakpo, Texas State
Norkeithus Otis, North Carolina
Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fla.)
Terrance Plummer, UCF
Sunny Puetasi, Wyoming
Hayes Pullard, USC
Reggie Ragland, Alabama
Jake Ryan, Michigan
Stephon Sanders, SMU
Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Terrance Smith, Florida State
Eric Striker, Oklahoma
A.J. Tarpley, Stanford
John Tavai, USC
Shaq Thompson, Washington
James Vaughters, Stanford
Ramik Wilson, Georgia

 

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