Missouri’s Kentrell Brothers was not named as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, leaving the senior linebacker and his teammates wondering how.
On Wednesday, head coach Gary Pinkel shared his players’ confusion.
During the SEC teleconference Pinkel admitted that he hadn’t seen the 10 semifinalists for the award, but didn’t agree with Brothers’ exclusion.
“We don’t look at that stuff around here very often,” Pinkel said. “If Kentrell just keeps playing like he is, number one, it helps us win and helps us be a great defense. And he’s going to be playing football for a long time. I really don’t know why (the snub is) the case. It’s probably disappointing as I hear it, because it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. He’s 6-1 and a half, he’s 245, he’s quick, fast, instinctive. He’ll play at the next level. Sounds like somebody just missed it.”
Brothers leads the nation with 103 tackles. NFLDraftScout.com grades him as the No. 98 overall prospect, or a potential third-round pick, and the fourth-best inside linebacker eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.
The semifinalists for the award did include five SEC linebackers: Kendall Beckwith (LSU), Leonard Floyd (UGA), Deion Jones (LSU), Antonio Morrison (Florida) and Reggie Ragland (Alabama).
Brothers is the unquestioned leader of a defense that ranks among the nation’s best in points allowed, yards allowed and nearly every other major statistical category.
So, it was only fitting that Brothers’ partner-in-crime, junior linebacker Michael Scherer, came to his defense when addressing the snub.
Whoever didn't vote for Kentrell to be a Butkus semi finalist must have been trying out that new Sarkisian diet
— Michael Scherer (@Mike_Scherer38) November 2, 2015
Brothers and the Tigers will get a chance to prove their worth on national television Thursday night when Mizzou hosts No. 20 Mississippi State.