Tech to tout Taylor for Butkus
October 10, 2001

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech sports information office, in conjunction with the football office, will be mailing out color postcards listing linebacker Ben Taylor's accomplishments to all the voters of the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker. The postcard includes Taylor's season statistics and his career statistics along with the statistics of the Hokies' defense.

In addition, the sports information office will be sending out weekly e-mails to the voters. Plus, any new information on Taylor will be posted on the athletic department's website -

Taylor already is on the 'watch list' for the Butkus Award. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be named next Thursday, Oct. 18. Last season, Taylor was one of the 10 semifinalists for the honor.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 7 at a banquet in Orlando, Fla. Taylor, a 6-2, 235-pound senior from Bellaire, Ohio, is also on the watch lists for the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards, given to the nation's top defensive player and top lineman, respectively.