Texas Tech senior linebacker Jordyn Brooks named Butkus Award se

Texas Tech senior linebacker Jordyn Brooks named Butkus Award semi-finalist

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(Press release from Texas Tech Athletics Communications)

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior linebacker Jordyn Brooks was named a semifinalist Monday for the 35th annual Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s best linebackers by the Butkus Foundation.

Brooks is one of two Big 12 players to be recognized as a semifinalist, joining Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray on a list that includes 12 collegiate linebackers.

Brooks, a native of Houston, is in the midst of his best season as a Red Raider as he easily leads the Big 12 with 87 tackles, including an impressive 15.5 that have come from behind the line of scrimmage. He's added three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 10 quarterback hurries as well.

Nationally, Brooks is among the FBS leaders in several categories, ranking second in tackles for a loss per game (1.9), sixth in solo tackles per game (6.4) and seventh in total tackles per game (10.9). Additionally, he is tied for second among all FBS players with 15.5 tackles for a loss.

The impressive start to the season has allowed Brooks to already enter the Tech career record book for tackles as he has 346 entering this weekend's road trip to West Virginia. Brooks passed Ryan Aycock (2000-03) for ninth all-time in program history against Kansas and needs 16 tackles to tie Cody Davis (2009-12) for eighth in the school record book.

Finalists will be announced Nov. 25, and winners will be announced on or before December 10.

In addition to the Butkus Award, Brooks is also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player nationally) and a member of the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player nationally). He was named a second team Midseason All-American three weeks ago by the likes of The Athletic and Athlon Sports.

Kickoff between Tech and West Virginia is slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday in Morgantown. Television coverage will be provided on ESPN2 as well as the Texas Tech Sports Network.

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