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Smallwood Semi-Finalist for Butkus Award

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    It's a sliver of sunshine in the dark cloud that has become the 2013 season for UConn's football team: Linebacker Yawin Smallwood is a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award, which annually honors the nation's best linebackers at the collegiate, professional and high school levels.

    Details from Monday's press release:

    Smallwood, a 2012 All-Big East First Team selection, was named to virtually every preseason national defensive award watch list this year, and has not disappointed thus far. The redshirt junior is UConn’s leading tackler with 79 stops in 2013, good for 11.3 per game. That mark is second in The American and sixth in the nation.

    In addition to his 79 tackles, Smallwood has added 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defended. He has accumulated double digit tackles in five of seven games, including a career-high 16 in the season opener vs. Towson on Aug. 29. He also had a 13-tackle, one sack performance against then-No. 14 Michigan on Sept. 21, for which he was named CBSSports.com National Defensive Player Of The Week.

    The list of the other college semi-finalists include:

    Anthony Barr, UCLA
    Lamin Barrow, Louisiana State University
    Chris Borland, University of Wisconsin
    Khairi Fortt, University of California
    Khalil Mack, University at Buffalo
    C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama
    Denzel Perryman, University of Miami (Fla.)
    Trevor Reilly, University of Utah
    Ryan Shazier, The Ohio State University
    Shayne Skov, Stanford University
    Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young University.

    * Mosley was also a semi-finalist in 2012

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