Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith was named to the Butkus Award Watch List this morning.

The senior, who didn't participate in spring drills after tearing a pectoral muscle before practice began, is one of 51 players on the preseason watch list for an award that honors the nation's top linebacker.

Highsmith started 13 games at Arkansas last season and ranked first on the team and 10th in the Southeastern Conference in tackles for losses (12 1/2). He also had 80 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. He scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against LSU, briefly gave the Razorbacks a 14-0 lead.

Highsmith was named a preseason second-team All-SEC selection earlier this month.

The Butkus Award will trim its list of candidates to semifinalists on Oct. 22 and finalists will be announced on Nov. 20. The winner will be named Dec. 4.

Razorbacks on Preseason Watch Lists

Maxwell Award Watch List
QB Tyler Wilson, RB Knile Davis, WR Cobi Hamilton

Butkus Award
LB Alonzo Highsmith

Outland Trophy Watch List
OG Alvin Bailey and C Travis Swanson

Mackey Award Watch List
TE Chris Gragg

Rimington Trophy Wach List
C Travis Swanson

Lou Groza Award Watch List
PK Zack Hocker

Ray Guy Award Watch List
P Dylan Breeding

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau