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Daiyan Henley named to Butkus Award watch list

The Redshirt senior is in his first year with the Cougs

NCAA Football: Nevada at Fresno State Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State senior Daiyan Henley was named to the Butkus Award watch list on Monday. He becomes the second Coug to be named to a watch list this season joining quarterback Cam Ward who was named to the Maxwell Award watch list last week. Henley is one of 50 linebackers on the watch list.

The award, named after NFL Hall of Fame member Dick Butkus is given to the best linebacker in college football. The award is focused on linebackers who play off the ball and in a two-point stance as opposed to those linebackers who play on the line in a three-point stance and are considered more of a pass-rusher.

After spending the past five years at Nevada, Henley comes to Pullman with 49 games played - he was injured during his junior year in 2019 and earned a medical redshirt. He spent his first two years as a receiver for the Wolfpack before moving to the defensive side of the ball his last two years. He was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team this last year and tallied 103 tackles, four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.

He joins Levani Damuni (Stanford), Mohamoud Diabate (Utah), Justin Flowe (Oregon), Carl Jones Jr. (UCLA), Darius Muasau (UCLA), Merlin Robertson (Arizona State), Noah Sewell (Oregon), and Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington) as the members from the Pac-12. Flowe previously won the award following the 2019 season.

Award semifinalist will be named October 31st with the finalist being named November 21st and the award winner announced on December 7th.



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