Aug. 25, 2006
BERKELEY - California senior linebacker Desmond Bishop has been selected for the Watch List for the 2006 Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation's best collegiate linebacker by the Downtown Athletic Club or Orlando. Bishop, a junior college transfer, burst onto the collegiate scene last season, registering a team-best 89 tackles and earning All-Pac-10 recognition.
Bishop and the Golden Bears open their 2006 season on Sept. 2, playing at Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Saturday, Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.
A product of Fairfield, Calif., and Fairfield High School, Bishop played two years at City College of San Francisco and was rated by Superprep as the fourth-best community-college player in the country. In addition to his 89 tackles last season, he led the Bears in tackles seven times and had at least seven tackles in a game eight times during the season.
The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, October 19. That semi-finalist list will be cut down to three finalists which will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on Thursday, November 9. The winner will be announced Saturday, December 9, 2006 at the Butkus Award Gala in Orlando, Fla. The Butkus Award will be presented to the winner by the awards namesake former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear NFL Hall of Fame member, Dick Butkus.
The independent Butkus Award Selection Committee for the 2006 Butkus Award, comprised of some of the nations foremost journalists, is solely and exclusively responsible for all voting in the Butkus Award selection process. Additional Watch List candidates may be added in the coming weeks due to outstanding in-season play. Voting for the three finalists and the Butkus Award winner will be conducted by exclusive confidential ballots of the selection committee.
Here is a look at some of the preseason ranks and accolades garnered by the Bears thus far in 2006:
Cal Preseason Watch List Selections
Desmond Bishop - Butkus Award
Daymeion Hughes - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy
Brandon Mebane - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
Marshawn Lynch - Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award
Nu'u Tafisi - Hendricks Award
Selected Cal Preseason Rankings
No. 6 Street & Smith's (preseason)
No. 8 SI.com (preseason)
No. 8 Athlon Sports (preseason)
No. 9 Associated Press (preseason)
No. 9 Lindy's (preseason)
No. 10 ESPN.com (preseason)
No. 12 USA Today/Coaches (preseason)
Cal Preseason All-Americans (first team unless noted)
Desmond Bishop - Street & Smith's
Daymeion Hughes - Blue Ribbon Defense, ESPN.com, Playboy Magazine, Rivals.com, Phil Steele's, Lindy's Football Annual (second team), The Sporting News (second team), Street & Smith's (second team)
Marshawn Lynch - Lindy's Football Annual, Rivals.com, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports (second team), Phil Steele's (second team)
Brandon Mebane - Athlon Sports, Lindy's Football Annual, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Rivals.com (second team), Street & Smith's (third team), Phil Steele's (fourth team)
Tim Mixon - Street & Smith's (second team)
Craig Stevens - Street & Smith's (hon. mention)
Nu'u Tafisi - Street & Smith's (second team)