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Morrison Passed Over for Butkus Award

Bolingbrook High School senior linebacker Antonio Morrison was not named winner of the Butkus Award in one of the closest votes in the award's history.

came just shy of being named the best linebacker in the country according to a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.

That panel chose Noor Davis, a senior at Leesburg High School in Florida, as the the 2011 Butkus Award winner. The award is handed out annually to the best linebacker in the country.

Morrison had been named one of five finalists for the award. 

“All six high school finalists were extremely worthy choices with Noor Davis emerging from one of the closest votes we’ve ever had,” said Hub Arkush, editor of Pro Football Weekly, in a release.

Morrison, who is set to attend the University of Floriday in the fall on a football scholarship, finished the season with 101 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

The 6-foot-3 linebacker also helped anchor a defense that gave up just 191 points all season (13.6 points per game) and allowed an IHSA 8A state-record 182 yards of total offense to Loyola in the state title game. 

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