Jack Campbell was awarded the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker for his performance this season with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Campbell recorded a total of 115 tackles, 51 solo tackles and 2 interceptions.

Campbell thought he was having a normal interview. Campbell was asked about what it was like to be a finalist when he was given the award. The Iowa LB’s reaction was about as candid as it gets during the phone call with former Illinois great Dick Butkus.

“I’m at a loss for words right now honestly. I really appreciate the honor. No one will ever be able to live up to your footsteps and I just appreciate you paving the way for young linebackers to get to experience this. It’s just such a blessing to be here and be with my family.”

Football Outsider’s FEI Defense rating system is considered one of the best statistical measurements of a team’s performance and this year the Hawkeyes have been ranked 2nd in the nation for their 2022 defense. With players like Campbell, Iowa has been able to hold opponents to a 14.42 points per game.

Campbell will likely be one of the first linebackers taken in the 2023 NFL Draft after the career he’s had.