Jody Victor: Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis was named the winner of the 2007 Butkus Award. The Butkus Award is presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando to the nation's top college linebacker.
“I think I was the most surprised guy in the room. It's really overwhelming. It's an honor for our whole defense, for all my teammmates and coaches. their play allows me to receive this type of attention. I can't even pick up the trophy without breaking into a smile. This is terrific.”
Laurinaitis was also a repeat first-team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football foundation. Vernon Gholston and Malcolm Jenkins both were second-team selections. The Walter Camp All-American team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 119 Football Bowl subdivision schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-American teram in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the n als and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually and All-American team.
Members of the 2007 Walter Camp All-American team will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet on January 12, 2008 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.