Foote Named Semifinalist for Top Linebacker Award
ORLANDO, Fla. -- University of Michigan senior inside linebacker Larry Foote (Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2001 Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.


Foote, 6-foot-1, 228 pounds, has started in all six contests this season for the Wolverines and has helped guide the team to a 5-1 record and a perfect 3-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play. He is Michigan's leading tackler this season with 36 stops (25 solo), while contributing one sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. Foote factors prominently among the nation's top defenders as he leads the nation with 14 tackles for loss (-45 yards).

Foote garnered Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Washington (Sept. 9), when he amassed 12 tackles, including a school-record-tying six tackles for loss. Foote leads a Wolverine defensive unit that ranks third nationally and leads the Big Ten against the run (52.7 yards per game) and is the conference leader in sacks (25).

An All-Big Ten first-team selection last year, Foote is a three-time letterman and two-year starter for the Wolverines. He leads the team with 166 career tackles and 32 TFLs, while contributing six sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 12 PBUs in 42 games of action. Foote has started 22 career games for the Wolverines at inside linebacker.

The 2001 Butkus Award is voted upon by a 29-member media selection committee. The group of 12 semifinalists was culled from a watch list of 69 linebackers. Three finalists will be selected on Thursday, Nov. 15, and the winner will be named on Friday, Dec. 7. More information on the award and selection process is featured at

The complete list of Butkus Award semifinalists:

   Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
   Andra Davis, Florida
   Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina
   Trey Faulk, Louisiana State
   LeVar Fisher, North Carolina State
   Larry Foote, Michigan
   E.J. Henderson, Maryland
   D.D. Lewis, Texas
   Ryan Nece, UCLA
   Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech
   Robert Thomas, UCLA
   Josh Thornhill, Michigan State

Contacts: David Ablauf, Jim Schneider (734) 763-4423

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