More love for Hightower, Upshaw

The linebacker combination of Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower is gaining more attention from the national award community.

The two were two of six finalists for the Butkus Award named today. The prize goes to the nation’s best linebacker, thus its named for former linebacking terror Dick Butkus. Rolando McClain won this award two years ago.

(Click here to find all the national award info for Alabama players)

Upshaw and Hightower were also named finalists for the Lombardi Award earlier this fall.

Other Butkus finalists include Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

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