Clemson linebacker Dorian O'Daniel is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award which is presented to the top linebacker in college football. The award is named after former All-Pro Dick Butkus who was a star at the position for the Chicago Bears.
The graduate senior leads the Tigers with 90 tackles. He is also one of just three FBS linebackers who have returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season. He had a 44-yard pick six at Louisville and a 22-yard interception return for a score at Virginia Tech.
O’Daniel is the fourth Clemson linebacker to be named a finalist for the award, which began in 1985. The previous three Clemson finalists were Levon Kirkland(1990), Ed McDaniel (1991) and Keith Adams (2000). No Clemson player has won the award.
The other finalists for the Butkus Award are Devin Bush of Michigan, Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech T.J. Edwards of Wisconsin and Roquan Smith of Georgia.