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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the Butkus Award on Friday, beating out CU’s Jordon Dizon and Penn State’s Dan Connor.
The award was Laurinaitis’ first this season. He was a runner-up to Butkus finalist Connor for the Bednarik Award for the best defensive player on Thursday. He was runner-up for the Lombardi Award as well, which goes to the best lineman or linebacker.
Last season, the linebacker won the Nagurski Award for best defensive player. He was a finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik awards.
Laurinaitis and Ohio State will play in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans.
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