Ohio State linebackers Jerome Baker and Christopher Worley were named to the Butkus Award watch list on Monday. The Butkus Award, named after Illinois legend Dick Butkus, is awarded each season to the top linebacker in college football. In 2016, Baker was not a starter in Ohio State’s season opener against Bowling Green, but after Dante Booker went down for the season with a knee injury, Baker immediately became one of the Buckeyes top defenders. He collected 83 total tackles, which was good enough for second on the team behind only Raekwon McMillan and added two monumental interceptions against Oklahoma and Michigan respectively. Worley is set to replace McMillan at middle linebacker this season after 70 total tackles in his first season as a starter. Worley made his biggest impact in a win over Michigan State when he collected a pair of interceptions against the Spartans, the second of which came on…
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