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Syracuse linebacker among awards finalists

Posted 7/25/22

Syracuse University star middle linebacker Mikel Jones is on the Butkus Award Watch List to start the 2022 season.

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Syracuse linebacker among awards finalists

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Syracuse University star middle linebacker Mikel Jones is on the Butkus Award Watch List to start the 2022 season.

The award is presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker. It is the second time in as many seasons Jones is on the list.

Jones, a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conferene selection in 2021, is a preseason All-American by multiple publications heading into his fourth season with the program. A captain and the ACC’s second-leading tackler last season, Jones is among 51 players on the Butkus Award Watch List. The 51 selections are in honor of Dick Butkus, who wore the number 51 during his impressive career.

Jones is one of six selections from the ACC to start the season on the watch list, five of which come from the Atlantic division. He finished 2021 with a league-best 60 solo tackles and his 110 total tackles was second. He also notched six games with 10 or more tackles.

Syracuse begins the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, against visiting Louisville. For tickets, visit: cuse.com/tickets.

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