NC State senior linebacker Audie Cole has been named to the preseason 'watch' list for the 2011 Butkus Award. The 6-5, 239-lb. red-shirt senior moved to middle linebacker this spring after playing at the strong side in 2010.
Cole, a native of Monroe, Michigan, tied for the team lead in tackles last season with 97, while his 10.5 tackles for loss ranked third among Wolfpack players.
Semifinalists will be named October 24, finalists November 22,and winners will be notified on or before December 7.