The Atlantic Coast Conference had three players selected as semifinalists for this year’s 33rd Annual Dick Butkus Award, the Butkus Foundation announced Monday.
The Butkus Award is presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker.
Named from the ACC were Clemson senior Dorian O’Daniel (Olney, Maryland), Virginia senior Micah Kiser (Baltimore, Maryland) and Virginia Tech junior Tremaine Edmunds (Danville, Virginia).
Kiser, who led the ACC in tackles in 2015 and 2016, and currently ranks 12th nationally in total tackles per game this week (9.9 avg.), has been named a Butkus semifinalist for the second straight year.
O’Daniel has also been honored as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Auburn.
Edmunds and Kiser have also been named quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Award, which is given to the nation’s defensive player.
ACC Butkus Semifinalists:
Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson
Micah Kiser, Virginia
Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech