MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears pitches the ball to Kendall Wright #1 as he is hit by David Garrett #27 and Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during their game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats won 36-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
A Kansas State and Missouri linebacker are being considered for the top honor at their position.
The watch list for the 2012 Butkus Award was announced on Monday and Kansas State's Arthur Brown and Missouri's Zaviar Gooden are among those who will be considered for the award. Both players are entering their senior season.
In 2011, Brown led the Wildcats with 101 tackles. He also contributed two sacks. It was his first season with Kansas State. He transferred from Miami after the 2009 season and sat out the 2010 season.
Gooden is a senior linebacker who tallied 80 tackles for Missouri last season. He has also intercepted two passes in each of the last two seasons.
Neither school has ever had a Butkus Award winner. Last year the honor went to Luke Kuechly of Boston College.