The Butkus Award released it’s list of finalists today. One glaring issue I see is the lack of Nate Irving. I know, I know, I’m an NC State fan and therefore am subjected to bias. However, the stats just don’t add up on this one? You’ll see below that Nate should be the second favorite to win and definitely in the top 5.
Surely they chose this list on more than just stats right? I mean they had to, to justify leaving Nate off the list and keeping the other 4 on(save Kuechly who should win as long as team performance isn’t a factor). They are probably looking for great stories to be included in the criteria. If only Nate had one of those. If only he had lost last season due to nearly dying in a car accident and then came back to post these phenomenal numbers. If only.
I’m sure there are others that deserve to be on this list as well, however this snub was quite glaring to me. I’m not saying he’s the best LB in the nation, however I’d take him over anyone on that list, that’s for sure.