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Tre' Williams named to Butkus Award watch list

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Tre’ Williams is on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s best linebacker. Williams is one of 51 candidates for the award and one of 11 candidates from the Southeastern Conference.

The Mobile native racked up 67 tackles in 11 games in 2016 while contributing 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The 6-2, 225-pound senior has started 10 of 36 games in his three-year career and has accumulated 138 tackles as a Tiger.

A key contributor on one of the nation’s most improved defenses in 2016, Williams and the Tigers ranked seventh in scoring defense (17.