Baker & Worley Named to Butkus Award Watch List

July 17, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pair of Ohio State linebackers - junior Jerome Baker and senior Chris Worley - have been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the top linebacker in college football.

Baker, the big-play maker who had a pick-six in the win over Oklahoma, 13 tackles in the win over Wisconsin and 15 tackles plus an interception in the win over Michigan last season, is on his third watch list of the preseason. He was previously named to watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award.

Worley, a communications major from Cleveland, started all 13 games for the Buckeyes last season at outside linebacker but moved to the middle this spring. He ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 70 last year and he also contributed four pass break-ups, an interception (vs. Michigan State), two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble. He, too, played well in the biggest games: a career-high of 11 tackles in the win over Michigan; and 10 tackles vs. both Oklahoma and Clemson. He also set a personal best with seven solo stops in the win at Wisconsin.

A third 2017 Ohio State linebacker - junior Dante Booker - is coming off an injury season in 2016 but before that he was named to the Butkus Award's 2016 watch list.

2017 Ohio State Football Preseason Honors

Butkus Award
Watch List
• LB Jerome Baker
• LB Chris Worley

Paul Hornung Award
Watch List
• H-B Parris Campbell

Jim Thorpe Award
Watch List
• CB Denzel Ward

Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Watch List
• LB Jerome Baker
• DE Nick Bosa
• DE Sam Hubbard
• DE Tyquan Lewis

Outland Trophy
Watch List
• OT Jamarco Jones
• C Billy Price

Rimington Trophy
Watch List
• C Billy Price

John Mackey Award
Watch List
• TE Marcus Baugh

Maxwell Award
Watch List
• QB J.T. Barrett
• RB Mike Weber

Bednarik Award
Watch List
• LB Jerome Baker
• DE Nick Bosa
• DE Tyquan Lewis
• CB Denzel Ward

Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Nominee
• QB J.T. Barrett

Baker & Worley Named to Butkus Award Watch List