Virginia Coach Al Groh dismissed linebacker Ahmad Brooks, defensive end Vince Redd and cornerback Tony Franklin from the team on Tuesday.
Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson won the Butkus Award on Friday night as the nation's best linebacker.
Ahmad Brooks leads a group of standout juniors at Virginia, while a pair of SEC linemen are making noise.
Florida's Channing Crowder and Virginia's Ahmad Brooks headline a list of 12 semifinalists named Thursday for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.
Virginia's Ahmad Brooks and Kai Parham are already two of the best inside linebackers in the nation.
Virginia 's Ahmad Brooks, the nation's best young linebacker, is among the players Mel Kiper lists as the best in the ACC.
NO NAME, POS -- --------- 1 Ahmad Merritt, WR 2 Jamar Fletcher, DB 3 Lee Evans, WR 4 Eddie Faulkner, RB 5 Brooks Bollinger, QB ...