Watch List Watch: Moffitt on Butkus list
Another day, another watch list for our Watch List Watch List.
USF linebacker Ben Moffitt is on his second watch list this fall, being announced Tuesday of one of just 66 players on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He's also up for the Nagurski Trophy. It's the fourth watch list USF has made this year, with quarterback Matt Grothe on the Manning Award list and cornerback Trae Williams on the Thorpe Award list. And USF's Wally Burnham has coached two previous Butkus winners -- Paul McGowan (1987) and Marvin Jones (1992) at Florida State. It's safe to argue Moffitt would be in the top 20, but it'll take solid play and a big upset or two to get him to the Butkus semifinalist list of 10, which is announced Oct. 18.
I think 66 is the biggest watch list I've seen this year. Basically, if you took the best linebacker on half the teams in Division I football, then picked six more, you'd have a list of 66 players to watch. I don't even think the Butkus folks did that much research. Stick with me here ...
Not to pick a guy off the Butkus list, but just randomly, Arkansas State's Koby McKinnon. What are his numbers? He had 57 tackles last year. Three sacks. Five and a half tackles for loss. Two picks. So a guy who finished third in tackles on a 6-6 Sun Belt team made the watch list. How about the No. 3 tackler on a 5-7 Sun Belt team? Florida Atlantic's Frantz Joseph? (Who they called "Franz"?) He was third on FAU's defense in tackles with 61 last year.
That was so easy, I'll do it again. East Carolina's Quentin Cotton? He didn't play in ECU's loss to USF last year, but again, the guy didn't even lead his team in tackles last year. He had 68 total tackles, with a mildly impressive eight for losses. Tulsa's Chris Chamberlain? Had 51 tackles, 3.5 for losses. Did they accidentally put the entire 2006 third-team All-Conference USA defense on here?
I'm getting really tired of bloated, overloaded watch lists designed to get an award name-dropped in every college market in the country. Moffitt certainly deserves to be on the list, but cap these at like 30 names, make it an actual honor.
-- As expected, former USF defensive end Craig Kobel was waived by the Eagles on Tuesday. Still eight Bulls on NFL rosters, but each NFL team still has 22 guys to cut ...
-- From the Stuff I Really Can't Make Up Dept., former USF running back Chad Simpson, who had a nice season at I-AA Morgan State last year, is getting a little excited. He went for 795 yards last season, and told the Baltimore Sun he wants to go for 2,000 yards this fall. Chad's a good kid, but 2,000?