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Phillips Named to Butkus Award Preseason Watch List

Oklahoma State senior linebacker Justin Phillips was named on the Butkus Award preseason watch list.

The award is given to college football’s best linebacker.

Phillips, from Pearland, Texas, shares the list with 50 linebackers, including the Big 12’s Gary Johnson (Texas), Caleb Kelly (Oklahoma) and Ty Summers (TCU).

As a junior, Phillips earned the Leslie O’Neal Award, given to OSU’s top defensive player, after racking up 64 tackles, 42 of