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Arthur Brown named semi-finalist for Butkus Award

Kanas State linebacker Arthur Brown is one of twelve semi-finalists for the Butkus Award, and the only Big 12 representative.

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Arthur Brown is the best inside linebacker in the Big 12, and is being rewarded as a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award. As the lone nominee from his conference for the prestigious award, Brown stands out on a phenomenal Kansas State team. For the 7-0 Wildcats, the Miami transfer has accumulated 55 tackles with six coming behind the line of scrimmage. Throwing in a sack and an interception for good measure, the senior has helped lead a unit that ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring defense.

In the Wildcats' most recent game, a 55-14 annihilation of West Virginia on Saturday, Brown intercepted a pass from Heisman candidate Geno Smith. Kansas State held the high-powered Mountaineers offense to 243 total yards and just 3.3 yards per carry on the ground en route to victory.

Arthur Brown is in his second season as a Wildcat captain, and would be the first Butkus Award winner from the Big 12 since Texas' Derrick Johnson in 2004.