CHICAGO — Oregon linebacker Jestin Jacobs is one of 51 players on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the nation.
Jacobs is entering his first season as a Duck after transferring to Oregon from Iowa. He is one of six Pac-12 linebackers on the preseason watch list.
The award semifinalists are expected to be named by Oct. 30, with finalists to follow by Nov. 20. The winner will be named on or before Dec. 6.
Jacobs and the Ducks open the 2023 season on Sept. 2 against Portland State in Autzen Stadium.
ILB Jestin Jacobs – Butkus Award Preseason Watch List» Appeared in 21 games over the last four seasons at Iowa; utilized a redshirt in 2019.
» Made one start and played in two games in injury-shortened 2022.
» Played in all 14 games in 2021, finishing with 53 tackles (33 solo), one interception and one force fumble.
» Recorded first career interception on Oct. 9, 2021, vs. No. 4 Penn State.
» Rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports out of Northmont High School in the class of 2019.
Ducks on 2023 Preseason Watch ListsMaxwell Award – QB Bo NixOutland Trophy – OL Josh Conerly Jr.Bronko Nagurski Trophy – DE Brandon Dorlus, DB Evan Williams
Wuerffel Trophy – DB Trikweze Bridges
Paul Hornung Award – WR Kris Hutson
Paul Mackey Award – TE Terrance Ferguson
Rimington Trophy – OL Jackson Powers-Johnson
Biletnikoff Award – WR Troy Franklin, WR Tez Johnson
Davey O’Brien Award – QB Bo Nix
Doak Walker Award – RB Bucky Irving, RB Noah Whittington
Butkus Award – ILB Jestin Jacobs