Hightower Finalist for Butkus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower is a
semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
The Butkus Foundation named Hightower Friday as one of 15
remaining candidates for the award given to the nation's top
linebacker.
Hightower is second on the team with 36 tackles and has a
team-high five quarterback hurries. He missed most of last season
after a knee injury.
The Crimson Tide ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense and
pass efficiency defense.
Georgia's Justin Houston is the only other semifinalist from the
Southeastern Conference.
Alabama's Rolando McClain won the award last season.


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