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Mizzou Linebacker Michael Scherer Named to Butkus Award Watch List

Another Missouri standout on the good kind of watch list


@MizzouFootball’s Scherer Named to Butkus Award Watch List

Scherer has been one of the top-producing linebackers in the SEC over the last two seasons, tallying at least 90 tackles in back-to-back seasons as a leader on one of the nation's top defenses. He is coming off of a 2015 season that saw him rack up 93 tackles (47 solo), which ranked 11th in the SEC and eighth among non-seniors. Of his 93 tackles, 9.0 went for a loss and he also added a fumble recovery, two QB hurries and three pass breakups to his ledger. He had four games with 10+ tackles in 2015 and earned the team's Aaron O'Neal St. Louis Player of the Year Award for his efforts a year ago.

Last year around this time, Kentrell Brothers was named to the Chuck Bednarik watch list, while Russell Hansbrough and Maty Mauk had been named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

Chase Coffman was the last Missouri football player to win one of these national awards when he took home the 2008 John Mackey Award for his 90 catch, 987 yard, 10 touchdown season.

Scherer will be entering his redshirt senior year, attempting to fill the shoes of last year's leading tackler Kentrell Brothers. Scherer finished the 2015 season ranked second on the team with 93 tackles and ranked 11th in the SEC.

Scherer will be one of Missouri's representatives at SEC Media Days tomorrow, along with defensive end Charles Harris who was named to both the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski watch list last week. Missouri tight end Sean Culkin will be joining new head coach Barry Odom in Hoover, Alabama.

They are scheduled to meet the press Wednesday (1 - 4 p.m. CT)

  • Missouri (Barry Odom, Sean Culkin, Charles Harris, Michael Scherer)

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