Penn State's Hodges, Mauti semifinalists for Butkus Award as top linebacker

So many things have changed at Penn State this season, but the nickname "Linebacker U" doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Senior linebackers Gerald Hodges and Mike Mauti were named semifinalists for the 2012 Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.

Penn State is the only school in the country with more than one selection on the 12-player list.

Since the award was created in 1985, two Nittany Lions -- LaVar Arrington (1999) and Paul Posluszny (2005) -- have own the award. 

Hodges, a Paulsboro native, is 11th in the Big Ten with 54 tackles and has one interception, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a team-high four pass break-ups.

Mauti leads Penn State with 65 tackles (36 solo). He also has a team-high three interceptions, two forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Mauti leads the Big Ten with 125 interception return yards.

-Emily Kaplan