Henry, Williams Named to Watch List for Butkus Award
CHICAGO – (Release) Two Ole Miss football defensive starters were announced as members of the watch list for the Butkus Award, as announced by the Butkus Foundation Monday.
Each watch list contains 51 linebackers, mirroring the legendary number associated with the Award’s namesake Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.
Henry, who has started 18 games the last two seasons at linebacker, is the Rebels’ top returning tackler from 2020. He tallied 62 total tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss last year. Henry also registered two forced fumbles.
The Vidalia, Georgia, native recorded double-digits in his final three games of the season, with a season-high 12 stops in the regular season finale at LSU.
Williams, a preseason All-SEC selection, appeared in all 10 contests last year for Ole Miss, with six starts. He had 40 tackles with a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.
Williams, posted career numbers last season vs. Auburn. The senior from Montgomery, Alabama, tallied a career-high 11 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss. He is a member of 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 list.
Both Henry and Williams are exercising additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Semifinalists are expected to be named Nov. 1, finalists Nov. 22, and winners on or before Dec. 7.
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Prior to founding The Rebel Walk, Evelyn was a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas. She created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.