Arkansas senior defensive players, Trey Flowers and Braylon Mitchell were named to the Lombardi & Butkus Award watchlist, respectively on Monday.
Arkansas senior defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Flowers was on the list announced by the Rotary Lombardi Award committee that included 123 athletes from 76 universities.
Flowers, who was named to the Nagurksi and Bednarik Award watch lists last week, was a second-team All-SEC performer in 2013, finishing the season with 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss with 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. The Huntsville, Ala., native ranked second in the SEC and 34th in the NCAA with an average of 1.23 tackles for loss per game, and his tackles for loss total ranked fourth in the conference. His three forced fumbles tied for the second-highest total in the SEC and 23rd in the nation in 2013. In his career, Flowers has registered 122 tackles, 32.0 for loss with 12.0 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, seven pass breakups and one interception. He enters his senior campaign tied for 11th on Arkansas' career tackles for loss list and tied for 16th on the school's career sacks list.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2014 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2014 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 300 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2014.
The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on Wed., Dec.10, 2014 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.
Arkansas senior linebacker Braylon Mitchell has been named to the 30th annual Butkus Award Watch List, which included 51 candidates and honors the retired professional jersey of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.
Semi-finalists will be named Oct.27, finalists Nov. 24, and the will be notified on or before Dec. 9. Mitchell has played in 28 games for the Razorback and made eight starts in 2013. A year ago, he recorded 77 tackles, including a career-high 12 vs. No. 8 Auburn, a total that included a career-high tying seven solo stops.
The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com and on facebook at 51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 21 most prestigious awards in college football with 678 years of selection excellence.