Jermaine Carter Jr., left, has been named to the Butkus Award watch list. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

On the heels of a breakout sophomore season, Maryland’s Jermaine Carter Jr. has been named to the Butkus Award watch list.

The Butkus Award, which honors the best linebacker in college football, included 51 players on its preseason watch list, released Tuesday morning. It came as no surprise that Carter Jr. was included. The former Friendship Collegiate star was one of Maryland’s most productive players last fall, posting a team-high 103 tackles, along with 14 tackles for a loss, which was the highest total for a Maryland middle linebacker since E.J. Henderson in 2002. Carter also ranked eighth in the Big Ten in tackles per game with 8.6 and ranked fourth in solo tackles per outing with 5.5.

Carter is the latest Maryland player to receive preseason accolades. Senior defensive back Will Likely, who was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list Monday, has also been named to watch lists for the Bendarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. Sophomore center Brendan Moore was selected for the Rimington Trophy fall watch list last week.

Carter is one of 10 players from the Big Ten to make the initial Butkus Award watch list, which can be found here.