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Alabama junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower and senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw were each selected...

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Alabama junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower and senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw were each selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 27th annual Butkus Award, which goes to the nations' [sic] top linebacker it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Rolltide.com reports that Hightower and Upshaw have been named semifinalists for the Butkus Award. Previous Alabama winners include Rolando McClain in 2009 and Derrick Thomas in 1988. Additionally, the high school award nominees include Class of 2012 Alabama commit Dillon Lee and 2012 targets Kwon Alexander, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Quanzell Lambert, and Deaysean Rippy
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