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Ridgefield’s Jackson Mitchell, a junior at UConn, has been named to the watch list for The 2022 Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate linebacker.
Mitchell, a New Haven Register/GameTimeCT All-State selection as a senior at Ridgefield High School, is one of 51 players from 43 schools named to the watch list for the award, now in its 38th year. Named in honor of the legendary Chicago Bears linebacker, the Butkus Award focuses on recognizing linebackers who consistently play off the ball on their feet in a two-point stance in traditional linebacker form.