Utah State Linebacker Kyler Fackrell Selected As Butkus Award Semifinalist

Courtesy of Utah State Media Relations

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior Kyler Fackrell was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, it was announced Monday morning by the Butkus Foundation.

Ten linebackers from nine universities were tabbed semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is presented annually to college football’s best linebacker.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound native of Mesa, Ariz., has recovered four fumbles this season to lead the nation. Fackrell also ranks first in the Mountain West and tied for 27th nationally in tackles for loss (1.38 pg), tied for third in the MW and tied for 44th nationally with two fumbles forced, and 24th in the MW in tackles (6.6 pg).

Fackrell recorded his second double-digit tackle outing of the season and the eighth of his career with 10 stops at San Diego State two weeks ago. He made six tackles in Utah State’s 58-27 home victory against Wyoming last Friday night. The win improved the Aggies’ record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West.

Fackrell ranks second on the team this season with 53 tackles, including a team-best 11.0 tackles for loss. He also has a team-leading 10 quarterback hurries and four fumble recoveries, while also tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles and 3.0 sacks.

For his career, Fackrell has registered 11.0 sacks and 32.0 tackles for loss as part of his 224 tackles, to go along with six fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and four interceptions.

Two weeks ago, Fackrell was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week following Utah State’s 52-26 home win against then-No. 21 Boise State. Against the Broncos, Fackrell recorded 2.5 tackles for loss as part of his season-high 11 stops. He also had a career-best two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.

Fackrell was also tabbed the College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week following the Aggies’ victory against the Broncos.

Fackrell and fellow Aggie linebacker Nick Vigil, a junior, have taken their play to another level since beginning Mountain West play. Over the past five games, the duo has combined for 92 tackles, including 4.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, while adding three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 10 quarterback hurries.

In five league games, Fackrell has recorded 37 tackles, including 1.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss, while adding four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and eight quarterback hurries.

Other semifinalists include LSU’s Kendell Beckwith, Georgia’s Leonard Floyd, LSU’s Deion Jones, Stanford’s Blake Martinez, Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, Florida’s Antonio Morrison, Alabama’s Reggie Ragland and Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

Both Smith (2012) and McMillan (2013) were high school Butkus Award winners.

Butkus Award finalists will be announced Nov. 23 and winners will be notified on or before Dec. 8.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday, Nov. 7, when they take on New Mexico at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

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