The Butkus Award watch list was recently released. Ohio State has two players on the watch list for the award, given to the country's top linebacker.
Buckeyes' linebacker Darron Lee is not on the list. Teammates Joshua Perry and Raekwon McMillan are.
This appears to be motivation for OSU's standout sophomore.
Lee started all 15 games for Ohio State last season and was named a freshman All-American by multiple outlets.
The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech.