Aug. 18, 2010
Senior linebacker Mason Foster has been named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given annual to the nation's top linebacker.
Foster who has started every game of the last two seasons at linebacker, has 215 career tackles to his name. He led the conference in tackles in 2008 and is the team's top returning tackler this season, having made 85 stops last year.
The veteran from Seaside, Calif., was earlier named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in the country.