I’m pretty sure this is the first time this has happened: Two players from the same Hawaii high school are semifinalists for the Butkus Awards, which go to the nation’s best linebackers at pro, college and high school levels each year.
Isaac Savaiinaea, a Punahou senior, is among 12 semifinalists for the high school award. Buffanblu alumnus Manti Te’o of Notre Dame is among the dozen remaining for the college honor.
Te’o won the high school Butkus Award in 2008 when he was a Punahou senior, and was also a semifinalist for the college honor last year.
Finalists will be announced next month and winners in December.