PSU’s Brown, Parsons on Butkus watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior Cam Brown and sophomore Micah Parsons both earned a spot on the Butkus Award watch list for the nation’s top linebacker. This is Parsons’ second preseason watch list appearance as he was previously named to the Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year) watch list.

The award, named in honor of legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, annually recognizes the nation’s top collegiate linebacker. Cabinda will be vying to become the first Nittany Lion to earn the honor since Paul Posluszny in 2005.

Brown started in 12 of his 13 appearances last season. He led the team with three forced fumbles and was fifth on the squad with a career-high 63 tackles. Brown also registered a personal-best six pass breakups, which was fifth on the team. The senior linebacker has appeared in 37 games in the last three seasons. As a freshman, he was selected to the BTN.com and ESPN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Brown spent part of this summer interning at The Bullis School.

Parsons was chosen as Freshman All-American by The Athletic, 247Sports and ESPN to go along with his honorable-mention All-Big Ten laurels. He finished the season, leading the Nittany Lions with 83 tackles, becoming the first freshman (true or redshirt) in Penn State history to lead the team in tackles in a season.