Oklahoma's Lehman among Butkus Award semifinalists

Updated: October 16, 2003, 10:48 AM ET

ORLANDO, Florida - Teddy Lehman of top-ranked Oklahoma is one of 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in college football.

Lehman, a finalist for the award last season who leads the Sooners with 44 tackles, tops the list of semifinalists announced Thursday by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.

One of the fastest linebackers in the country, Lehman had 17 tackles and an interception in a 59-24 win over UCLA on September 20.

Second-ranked Miami has two players on the list - Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams.

The other semifinalists are Michael Boulware of Florida State, Josh Buhl of Kansas State, Karlos Dansby of Auburn, Rod Davis of Southern Mississippi, Matt Grootegoed of Southern California, Derrick Johnson of Texas, Courtney Watson of Notre Dame and Demorrio Williams of Nebraska.

The three finalists will be announced November 13 and the winner will be revealed on December 12.

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