A week after being named to the Bednarik Award Watch List, Washington State senior linebacker Jahad Woods was named to the Butkus Award Watch list. This award is handed out to the nations top linebacker at the end of the year. Woods joins seven other linebackers from the Pac-12 and is the first Cougar to be named to the watch list since 2012 when Travis Long received the recognition.
Woods’ 10.8 tackles per game was second in the Pac-12 behind former California linebacker Evan Weaver who averaged 14 tackles per game. He finished fourth in the nation in tackles last season.
With his 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks, three pass breakups, one interception, and two forced fumbles, Woods was named to the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year. His 141 tackles last season earned him a spot in the top-5 in the single season record book for the Cougars and is the most since 1991.
Woods is one of 51 linebackers to be named to the watch list for the award that will be announced the first week of December.
He joins Kuony Deng from California, Nate Landman from Colorado, Devin Lloyd from Utah, Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from Oregon State, Merlin Robertson from Arizona State, Isaac Slade-Matautia from Oregon, and Joe Tyron from Washington as the members from the Pac-12 to be named to the list.
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Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods was named to the 2020 Butkus Award Watch List, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday.
On Monday morning, the Pac-12 became the latest conference to announce it was indefinitely delaying its media days and not setting a permanent date for the event to take place. The decision was announced in a press release by the conference.