Backers for Butkus

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USC seniors Hayes Pullard and J.R. Tavai made the 2014 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the nation's best linebackers. 

Click the link for the complete list: Butkus Award 2014 Watch List 071414.pdf

The selection is a no-brainer for Pullard, one of the country's top returning tacklers and the Trojans' defensive captain, but the perpetually underrated Tavai is a new name on the national scene.  The outside linebacker has earned a reputation for an irrepressible motor collecting 3.5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss last season.


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