The Butkus Award, given to the country's best collegiate linebacker, was won by Texas A&M's senior Von Miller on Tuesday. Boston College's Luke Kuechly finished second, with 40 points (five first-place votes), falling short by 35 points.
"Von Miller is an exceptional young man who displays outstanding ability on the football field with a rare combination of quickness, power, balance and body control, amazing initial quickness, and he closes on the ball with the authority only the true greats display," said Hub Arkush, publisher of Pro Football Weekly and coordinator of the Butkus Award selection committee.
The award is voted on by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.
Miller finished the regular season with 59 tackles, 34 solo, forced three fumbles and recovered two, and was defensive captain for the 9-3 Aggies.
Kuechly, a sophomore and member of the 2010 All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, led the nation with 171 tackles in 2010, 102 solo, with two forced fumbles.
Boston College faces Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Jan. 9.