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  • Crowder, Brooks among 12 named as Butkus semifinalists

    Oct. 14, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's Channing Crowder and Virginia's Ahmad Brooks headline a list of 12 semifinalists named Thursday for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

    There are 12 semifinalists instead of the usual 10 because of a 10th-place tie in the selection committee voting.

    Also named to the list: Southern Mississippi's Michael Boley; Tennessee's Kevin Burnett; Southern California's Matt Grootegoed; UCLA's Spencer Havner; Ohio State's A.J. Hawk; Texas' Derrick Johnson; Oklahoma's Lance Mitchell; San Diego State's Kirk Morrison; Georgia's Odell Thurman, and Miami's Leon Williams.

    Three finalists for the award, handed out by The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, will be named Nov. 11, with the winner announced Dec. 10.

    Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman won the award last season.

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- UNLV cornerback Ruschard Dodd-Masters was suspended for one game by the Mountain West Conference for throwing a punch at a Wyoming player.

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    The hit came near the end of a play in the third quarter of Wyoming's 53-45 triple-overtime road victory last Saturday. UNLV was assessed a 15-yard penalty.

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    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas defensive end Mike Williams will miss his second straight season with the Longhorns because of academic ineligibility.

    Running back Henry Melton and offensive lineman Kyle Thornton are also ineligible to participate in the team's first practice Monday, but both said they plan on reporting once their academic issues are resolved.

    Williams, a junior, had six sacks in 2003. He said he will still attend classes at Texas this fall.

    Melton is a freshman from Grapevine. Thorton is a redshirt sophomore who was expected to backup Will Allen at right guard.

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    PULLMAN, Wash. -- Al Kircher, the football coach at Washington State for four seasons in the 1950s, died at 93.

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    He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Robert; and two daughters, Sharlene and Judy Ann.

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