D'Andre Walker named to 2018 Butkus Award Watch List
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D’Andre Walker named to 2018 Butkus Award Watch List

D'Andre Walker
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UGA junior linebacker D’Andre Walker has been named to the 2018 Butkus Award Watch List, The Butkus Foundation announced on Monday.

The Butkus Award, named after legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, is an annual college football award given to the nation’s best linebacker by The Butkus Foundation.

Semi-finalists for the Butkus Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29, finalists on Monday, Nov. 19, and winners will be notified on or before Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Last season, UGA’s Roquan Smith was named the Butkus Award winner.¬†Smith had 113 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, a team-leading 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble to lead the Bulldogs.

D’Andre Walker (6-3, 240) hails from Fairburn, Georgia. Last season, Walker appeared in 14 games and finished the season with 39 total tackles (26 solo, 13 assisted), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

The Georgia Bulldogs kick off the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Sanford Stadium against the Austin Peay Governors. The game is scheduled for 3:30pm ET and it will be televised nationally by ESPN.

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