Aug. 21, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois football player Danny Clark has been named a candidate for the 1999 Butkus Award, as announced by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.
The Butkus Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate linebacker, announced its preliminary list of 65 candidates. Clark is making his second appearance on the list along with other names such as LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short of Penn State and James Hall and Dhani Jones of Michigan.
Clark led his Fighting Illini last season with 115 total tackles, including 10 for loss. He had 84 solo stops, seven passes broken up and two interceptions, including one against Purdue QB Drew Brees. Clark was named the team's Most Valuable Player and an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.
The Butkus Award, sponsored by Joyner Sports Medicine Institute, Inc., is regarded as one of the most elite individual honors in college football. Created in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando Inc., the Butkus Award is named for one of the greatest middle linebackers in football history, Dick Butkus of Illinois. Past winners include: Andy Katzenmoyer (1997-Ohio State), Kevin Hardy (1995-Illinois), and Dana Howard (1994-Illinois).