Notre Dame’s Owusu-Koramoah wins Butkus Award
Notre Dame senior linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on Monday was named the 2020 winner of the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football.
Owusu-Koramoah tied for the team lead with 56 tackles and led the Fighting Irish with 11 tackles for loss. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles, collected an interception and scored on 23-yard fumble return during Notre Dame’s upset over then-No. 1 Clemson in a 47-40 double OT win on Nov. 7.
Owusu-Koramoah, who was also named the ACC defensive player of the year, was selected from a pool of five finalists, which included Missouri’s Nick Bolton, Tulsa’s Zaven Collins, Utah’s Devin Lloyd and Georgia’s Monty Rice.
Owusu-Koramoah is the third Irish player to win the award in program history, and all have come in the last decade. Manti Te’o (2012) and Jaylon Smith (2015) also took home the Butkus Award.
Owusu-Koramoah could yet earn more hardware. The Hampton, Va. native is a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, and is a semifinalist for both the Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. All three awards are given to the ‘best’ defensive college player in the country according to each voting block.
Notre Dame (10-1) finished fourth in the final College Football Playoff rankings and will face No. 1 Alabama (11-0) in a CFP semifinal on Jan. 12 at Arlington, Texas.
–Field Level Media