University of Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest was named to the 2015 Butkus Award watch list on Tuesday, the second time this preseason the senior has been so honored.
Last week, Forrest was named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
The Butkus Award honors the nation's best linebacker, and Forrest is among 51 candidates.
The Bednarik Award goes to the country's top defensive player. Forrest was among 80 on the watch list.
Forrest, a Paducah native, led UK in tackles last year, with eight for a loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Last season was a breakout year for Forrest, who went into the year with 29 career tackles. He had five double-figure tackling games, including a career-best 20 versus Tennessee.
Joining Forrest on the Butkus list from the Southeastern Conference were Kendall Beckwith (LSU), Kentrell Brothers (Missouri), Richie Brown (Mississippi State), Brooks Ellis (Arkansas), Leonard Floyd (Georgia), Jordan Jenkins (Georgia), C.J. Johnson (Mississippi), Carl Lawson (Auburn), Curt Maggitt (Tennessee), Cassanova McKinzy (Auburn), Antonio Morrison (Florida), Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee) and Michael Scherer (Missouri).
Louisville senior James Burgess also made the Butkus watch list.