UVA linebacker Micah Kiser named Butkus Award Semifinalist

micah kiserUVA inside linebacker Micah Kiser has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, announced the Butkus Foundation today. The Butkus Award is an annual award given to the nation’s best linebacker.

Kiser (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) is the lone representative from the ACC on the list of 12 semifinalists. He leads the ACC in tackles at 11.4 per game, a mark that also ranks No. 4 nationally. Kiser is coming off a stellar game against No. 5 Louisville where he had a game-high 14 tackles, three for losses, to go with a fumble recovery and two sacks of Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson. On the season Kiser has 91 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four fumbles forced, two fumbles recovered and his six pass breakups rank No. 3 nationally among linebackers. Kiser has also been named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy this season.

Finalists will be announced on Nov. 21 and the winner will be announced on, or before Dec. 6. The Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to honoring top linebackers, the Butkus Award helps spread the word about the I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football.

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