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Miami Hurricanes’ Denzel Perryman a Butkus Award finalist

Miami Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) celebrates a big hit with teammates in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Cincinnati at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Miami Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) celebrates a big hit with teammates in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Cincinnati at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Miami Herald Staff

Senior Denzel Perryman, whose 15 tackles at Virginia matched a career high, on Monday was named a finalist for the Butkus Award, which goes to college football’s top linebacker at the end of the season.

Perryman was joined as a finalist by Eric Kendricks of UCLA, Hau’oli Kihaha of Washington, Jake Ryan of Michigan and Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame.

Perryman, who graduated from Coral Gables High, has 96 tackles this season. He has seven tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles through 11 games.

The only former Hurricane to win the Butkus Award was Dan Morgan, who took home the prize in 2000.

▪ Receiver Herb Waters, who injured his neck Saturday at Virginia, was not at practice Monday. Safety Deon Bush wore a red, no-contact jersey. Left guard Jon Feliciano wore what appeared to be a soft cast on his left wrist.

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