Athens, GA - Georgia junior Justin Houston has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker.
One of two players from the Southeastern Conference named a semifinalist, Houston will now be battling for one of the five finalists spots, which will be announced on Nov. 23.
Houston, a 6-3, 258-pound native of Statesboro, is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance at Kentucky. He tallied five tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and had seven quarterback hurries versus the Wildcats.
For the year, Houston is leading the SEC in sacks with 8.5 (ninth in the nation averaging 1.06 per game) and is second in the conference in tackles for loss (14.0). Converting to outside linebacker in the preseason after playing defensive end his first three seasons, Houston is third on the team with 40 tackles and has piled up a team-high 28 quarterback hurries in eight games.
Georgia travels to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Florida on Oct. 30. The game will be televised by CBS.