Tide trio hilites pre-season LB watch list … If its August – and it almost is – a young man’s fancy turns to college football the start of which is just over a month away. And with the season closing in we are starting to see some of the various watch lists of prominent players in college football this season. The Butkus Award, given annually to the top LB in college football, for example, released its watch list earlier today. And no surprise that the Butkus lists includes three LBs from defending national champion Alabama including Christian Harris, Chris Allen and Will Anderson. Harris, in particular, is one of a half dozen players who were Butkus semi-finalists last fall including Grant Morgan of Arkansas, Colorado’s Nate Landman, Nakobe Dean of Georgia and Olakunie Fatukasi of Rutgers. The one returning finalist from last year’s award, which was won by Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, is Devin Lloyd of Utah. He’s not exactly a household name, but he’s an explosive athlete who was a receiver and safety in high school who had 48 tackles in just 5 games last fall including 10 stops for loss.