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Badgers: Former Rapids star Biegel named to Butkis Award watch list

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Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel continues to wrack up preseason recognition.

The Wisconsin Rapids native has been named to the watch list for the Butkis Award, UW announced Tuesday. The award is presented annually to the top linebacker in college football.

Biegel had previously been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy. Those two awards honor the top defensive player in the nation.

Last season Biegel tallied 66 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior - helping to lead a Badgers team that led the nation in scoring defense. He has started 28 games in his career.

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