Oregon State redshirt junior Avery Roberts is one of 51 linebackers on the watch list for the 2021 Butkus, it was announced on Monday.
The honor is the second of the preseason for Roberts, a Wilmington, Del., native. He was also selected to the Bednarik Award watch list on July 19. Roberts led the Pac-12 Conference with 69 tackles in 2020. That tally included 21 at Utah, which is now tied for the third-most in a single game by an Oregon State player. The Wilmington, Del., native also finished with three tackles for loss and half a sack last season en route to being named an All-Pac-12 First Team selection.
Roberts has played in 17 career games for the Beavers, and in two seasons, has recorded 152 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He has also been credited with two pass breakups.