Despite leading nation in tackles, Brothers left off final list for Butkus Award

Published Nov. 2, 2015 8:39 p.m. ET

The Butkus Award -- given to the nation's top linebacker -- issued a list with 10 semifinalists for the honor on Monday. 

In a decision met with considerable surprise, Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers was left off of the final list. 

When analyzing the quantitative results, Brothers more than made his case for an inclusion. He leads the entire country in tackles (103). In addition, he's the leader for a defense ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring defense, and No. 6 in total defense. 

The award committee deemed five fellow SEC linebackers (Kendall Beckwith, Leonard Floyd, Deion Jones, Antonio Morrison, Reggie Ragland) more qualified for the denotation compared to Brothers. 

A possible reason as to why Brothers inexplicably was left off could be Missouri's 4-4 overall record. Regardless, it shouldn't take away from the incredibly strong season Brothers has produced up to this point. 


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