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FCS Football Awards: Buck Buchanan Award Finalists


On Monday, 18 finalists for the FCS Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award were revealed. The award is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year in the FCS Spring Football season. This will be the 26th time the award, named after the legendary defensive end, will be handed out. The Buck Buchanan Award winner will be announced on May 15th.

A 40-member national media panel will select the winner from this 2021 FCS football season . Past winners include Jared Allen, Arthur Moats and Kyle Emmanuel.

Check out the finalists below!

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Buck Buchanan Award Finalists | FCS Football

Name, Position School Stats
Bryson Armstrong, LB Kennesaw State 30 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 75-yard INT returned for a TD
Jared Brinkman, NT Northern Iowa 38 Tackles, 9 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 3 QB-Hits
Colby Campbell, LB Presbyterian 96 Tackles, 7 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 QB-Hit, 2 Passes Defended
Isaiah Chambers, DE McNeese State 32 Tackles, 14 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 11 QB-Hits, 2 Passes Defended
Chris Edmonds, DB Samford 40 Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 4 INTs (1 TD), 1 Pass Defended
Mike Greene, DL James Madison 15 Tackles, 8 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 2 QB-Hits, 2 Passes Defended
Ryan Greenhagen, LB Fordham 22 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Pass Defended
Nicario Harper, S Jacksonville State 79 Tackles, 1.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 3 Passes Defended, 1 Fumble Return TD, 1 QB-Hit
Kordell Jackson, DB Austin Peay 54 Tackles, 9 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 5 Passes Defended, 1 Fumble Recovery, 4 QB-Hits, 1 Blocked Kick
Storey Jackson, LB Prairie View A&M 50 Tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 INT
La’akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis, LB Southern Utah 57 Tackles, 9 TFL, 7 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 3 QB-Hits, 2 Passes Defended
Jahari Kay, DE Sam Houston State 22 Tackles, 8 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 INT, 3 QB-Hits
Titus Leo, LB Wagner 15 Tackles, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles
Jordan Lewis, DE Southern 27 Tackles, 15 TFL, 10.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
Robert Rochell, CB Central Arkansas 27 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 3 Passes Defended (Played In 2021 Senior Bowl)
Stone Snyder, LB VMI 76 Tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8 Sacks, 4 QB-Hits
Tre Walker, LB Idaho 54 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 QB-Hit, 1 Pass Defended
Tristan Wheeler, LB Richmond 38 Tackles, 2.5 TFL
Buck Buchanan Award Finalists

Other FCS Football Awards Given Out

Walter Payton Award : Given to the best offensive player during the 2021 FCS Spring Football season.

Jerry Rice Award : This award is given to the FCS football Freshman of the Year.

Eddie Robinson Award : Coach of the Year award in the FCS.

Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year: This Award will be given out for the fifth time to an FCS football student-athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but the community as well.

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