July 14, 2011
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada senior James-Michael Johnson was named Thursday to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.
Johnson, a senior from Fairfield, Calif., is a two-time All-WAC performer at linebacker who served as a team captain last season as a junior. He led the team in tackles and was among the WAC leaders with 84 stops on the season. He registered eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks on the year while forcing three fumbles and recovering one.
Johnson is one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference on the watch list.
Last week, Johnson was also named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.