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Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons finalist for Butkus Award

Michael Love
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) and defensive end Shaka Toney (18) celebrate a sack of Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer (13) in the second half of a Big Ten game Oct. 5, 2019, in State College, Pa. Penn State defeated Purdue 35-7.

The Butkus Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate linebacker, and Penn State sophomore Micah Parsons is one of six finalists for this year’s honor.

The finalists were announced Monday, and Wisconsin’s Zack Baun, Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks, Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, California’s Evan Weaver and Wyoming’s Logan Wilson also are on the list.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Parsons is the first Butkus finalist from Penn State since Dan Connor in 2007, and he hopes to be the first Nittany Lion to take home the award since Paul Posluszny in 2005.

LaVar Arrington was the Butkus winner in 1999.

Shane Conlan (1986), Andre Collins (1989) and Brandon Short (1999) are other Penn State linebackers to earn the nod as a Butkus finalist.

Parsons leads the Nittany Lions in tackles with 85. In that total are 10 for a loss and two sacks.

He ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 7.7 tackles per game and has recorded 10 or more tackles five times this season.

Parsons, a Rivals Midseason All-American, was selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week first team after Penn State’s win over Purdue and the second team after a triumph against Pitt.

The Nittany Lions conclude their season Saturday at home against Rutgers. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-856-7400 x8632, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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