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August 19, 2004

Crowder, Leak named to preseason watch lists

University of Florida linebacker Channing Crowder was named to the Butkus Award watch list, while quarterback Chris Leak was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list as named by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando and the Walter Camp foundation, respectively, on Thursday. The Butkus Award is awarded to the nation's top linebacker while the Walter Camp award goes to the best overall player in college football.

Crowder is coming off a 2003 campaign in which the then true freshman compiled 106 total tackles, five for a loss, and two quarterback sacks in 11 games, starting nine, a record for freshmen linebackers at UF.

In 2003, Leak played in all 13 games with nine starts. He has completed 190 of 320 career passes for 2,435 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a true freshman he had a 6-3 record as the starting quarterback, the highest winning percentage of any freshman QB in the country.

The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, Oct. 14. That 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 11. The winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 10, 2004. The Butkus Award will be presented to the winner by the award's namesake former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear NFL Hall of Fame member, Dick Butkus.

The Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists in early November. The 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Feb. 13, 2005 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

2004 Butkus Award Watch List

Anderson, Mike Idaho
McCune, Robert Louisville
Atkinson, Brian Northern Illinois
Mitchell, Lance Oklahoma
Avalos, Andy Boise State
Moore, Chris East Carolina
Blackstock, Darryl Virginia
Morrison, Kirk San Diego State
Boley, Michael Southern Miss
Nande, Terna Miami (OH)
Brooks, Ahmad Virginia
Nicholas, Stephen South Florida
Bunting, Nick Tulsa
Nicholson, A.J. Florida State
Burnett, Kevin Tennessee
Osemwegie, Moses Vanderbilt
Carpenter, Bobby Ohio State
Pollard, Jonathan Oregon State
Crowder, Channing Florida
Pruitt, Kellen Syracuse
Derting, Will Washington State
Reid, Lawrence Michigan
Duren, Paul Oklahoma State
Rhule, Stanford UCF
Enzor, Jamar Cincinnati
Rodriguez, Robert UTEP
Fincher, Alfred Connecticut
Ruud, Barrett Nebraska
Glover, Richard New Mexico State
Ryans, DeMeco Alabama
Goolsby, Mike Notre Dame
Seward, Adam UNLV
Greenway, Chad Iowa
Simon, Kevin Tennessee
Grootegoed, Matt USC
Sims, Ted Kansas State
Gyorko, Scott West Virginia
Sinclair, Matt Illinois
Havner, Spencer UCLA
Smith, Kelvin Syracuse
Hawk, A.J. Ohio State
Stanley, Ron Michigan State
Hill, Leroy Clemson
Tatupu, Lofa USC
Hodge, Abdul Iowa
Thomas, Pat NC State
Hunter, Wendell California
Thurman, Odell Georgia
Jackson, D'Qwell Maryland
Toomey, Gabriel Kansas
Johnson, Derrick Texas
Tuner, Lionel LSU
Jordan, Anthony Toledo
Wallace, Rian Temple
Kinney, James Missouri
Warren, Justin Texas A&M
Koehl, Wade Houston
Watts, Robert Utah State
Lloyd, Maurice Connecticut
Williams, Leon Miami (FL)
London, Justin UCLA
Woodfin, Zac UAB
Mahl, Eric Kent State
Woods, Pierre Michigan
McCoy, Matt San Diego State

2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Watch List"

Marion Barber III, RB, Minnesota
Cedric Bensen, RB, Texas
Josh Bullocks, LB, Nebraska
Timmy Chang, QB, Hawaii
Patrick Cobbs, RB, North Texas
Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
P.J. Daniels, RB, Georgia Tech
Anthony Davis, RB, Wisconsin
Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
David Greene, QB, Georgia
Matt Grotegoed, LB, USC
Tramain Hall, RB, North Carolina State
A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
Matt Herian, TE, Nebraska
Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
Kevin Kolb, QB, Houston
Chris Leak, QB, Florida
Matt Leinart, QB, USC
Jermelle Lewis, RB, Iowa
Geoff McArthur, WR, California
DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico
Lance Moore, WR, Toledo
Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut
Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue
David Pollack, DE, Georgia
Walter Reyes, RB, Syracuse
Chris Rix, QB, Florida State
Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
Antrel Rolle, DB, Miami (Fla.)
Brad Smith, QB, Missouri
Darren Sproules, RB, Kansas State
Justin Vincent, RB, LSU
Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona State
Corey Webster, DB, LSU
Jason White, QB, Oklahoma
Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Clemson
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
Vincent Young, QB, Texas

report courtesy of UF sports information


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