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Malcolm Rodriguez Snubbed as Butkus Award Finalist, Social Media Goes Wild

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Malcolm Rodriguez is playing like the best defender in the Big 12 on the best defense in the Big 12. But he’s not even being treated as one of the best at his position nationally.

Finalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in the sport, were announced on Monday, and the in-state product was a big, fat snub from the list. He was omitted over a final group that included Georgia and Cincinnati products despite some pretty telling stats that suggest that should not have been the case.

BUTKUS AWARD FINALISTS
Darrian Beavers (Cincinnati)
Nakobe Dean (Georgia)
Damone Clark (LSU)
Devin Lloyd (Utah)
Leo Chenal (Wisconsin)
Chad Muma (Wyoming)

For posterity, here’s a little look at the stats by player. It, uh, is pretty telling.

PlayersTacklesTackles for lossSacksPass deflectedFumble recoveries
Nakobe Dean (Georgia)5074.520
Darrian Beavers (Cincinnati)757.5312
Devin Lloyd (Utah)9121661
Leo Chenal (Wisconsin)9215.56.500
Malcolm Rodriguez (Oklahoma State)9511.5112
Chad Muma (Wyoming)1207.5101
Damone Clark (LSU)12511.5331

Rodriguez leads the Big 12 in total tackles and assisted tackles and ranks top 10 in tackles for loss in the conference. As you can imagine, everyone was quick to notice the snub and expressed their, well, surprise about it on social media.

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