Missouri's Gooden named to Butkus Award preseason watch list

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 10:47 a.m. CDT; updated 2:50 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri redshirt senior linebacker Zaviar Gooden was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list Monday.

Gooden was one of 51 players named to the list for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the nation's top college linebacker. The senior was one of 15 Southeastern Conference players to make the cut.

The selection panel will announce semi-finalists Oct. 22, finalists Nov. 20 and the final three on or before Dec. 4. The award will be announced on TV in January as part of the college football awards show.

The Tigers have never had a player win the Butkus Award since its inception in 1985.

Gooden, who is from Pflugerville, Texas, is the second Tiger named to a preseason award watch list this summer. Junior quarterback James Franklin, who hopes to start the season on time after undergoing shoulder surgery in March, was named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list that recognizes the top offensive player in college football.

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