CHICAGO, Ill. – Cal junior linebacker Khairi Fortt was one of 12 collegiate semifinalists named Monday for the prestigious Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
Fortt has started each of Cal’s first eight games and leads the team with 54 tackles, while adding 3.0 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. Fortt had career highs of 13 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards) and the quarterback hurry against Ohio State. The 13 tackles are the most by a Cal player in 2013, while the 2.0 tackles for loss equal the most.
The finalists at the collegiate level will be announced November 26 and the winners named December 10. The professional winner will be announced in early 2014.
The Butkus Award honors outstanding linebackers at three levels of play, while spreading the word about the I Play Clean™ initiative, which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play smart, instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. More information is available at iplayclean.org or facebook.com/i.play.clean.
“This award is about honoring linebackers at all levels, and reminding them that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and give back to society,” said Butkus, a legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.
*Cal will play its final two home games of the 2013 season against Arizona and USC the next two Saturday. The contest against Arizona will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT and be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The USC game will begin at Noon PT and be televised by FOX.
*Following the two home contests against Arizona and USC, Cal will close out its 2013 season with a pair of conference road games at Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford in the 116th Big Game (Nov. 23).
*All 2013 Cal football games will be televised with currently unannounced telecast information and kickoff times for the Colorado and Stanford contests to be announced either 12 or six days in advance of each game.
*Audio broadcasts of all Cal football games are available on KGO 810 AM, the Cal IMG Sports Network, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and online at CalBears.com via TuneIn.
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*Pac-12 Networks’ docu-series The Drive is offering an exclusive season-long look inside the 2013 campaigns of the Arizona State and Cal football programs. New episodes of The Drive debut throughout the football season each Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT across all seven networks. The next episode will make its debut Wednesday, October 30. Visit Pac-12.com for the complete Pac-12 Networks television listings to find out when to watch The Drive and to check out previous episodes.
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