Saturday, October 17, 2009


Boston College's Mark Herzlich was among the 16 semifinalists for the Dick Butkus (#50) Award in spite of not playing a down this season. Herzlich is sidelined while recovering from a rare form of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. As noted here at T.A.H., Herzlich has helped raise more than $80,000 for research and education about the disease.

Award namesake Dick Butkus noted that the honor is also designed to remind the players "that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society."

Herzlich says his recovery is nearly complete. He hopes to begin full workouts in December and plans to play next season.

UNC's Quan Sturdivant is also a finalist.

The other semifinalists: Obi Ezeh, Michigan; Chris Galippo, Southern Cal; Greg Jones, Michigan State; Sergio Kindle, Texas; Sean Lee, Penn State; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma; Rolando McClain, Alabama; Von Miller, Texas A&M; Brandon Spikes, Florida; Daryl Washington, Texas Christian; Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; Eric Norwood, South Carolina; Perry Riley, Louisiana State; and Rennie Curran, Georgia.

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