August 11, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal junior linebacker Matt Beck was named today on the 1998 Watch List for the Butkus Award by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.
Beck, a 6-4, 230-pounder who is expected to contend for first team Pac-10 honors this fall, was one of 68 players on the watch list. The list will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on October 15, three semi-finalists on Nov. 12 and the winner will be announced at Universal Studios in Florida on Friday, Dec. 11.
The choice will be made by an independent selection committee, comprised of 27 of the nation's foremost media members. Last year, Andy Katzenmoyer of Ohio State won the award.
Beck enters the '98 season rated as the No. 15 inside linebacker in college football by The Sporting News. He has led Cal in tackles per game in each of his first two seasons with the Bears (9.7 tackles per game in 1996 and 6.9 tackles per contest last season). He's enjoyed a solid off-season in the weight room and enters fall camp at 230 pounds after playing much of last season at less than 215 pounds.
Cal opens its 1998 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 against the University of Houston.