Buck Buchanan Award
Awarded formost outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Presented byThe Sports Network
CountryUnited States
First awarded1995
Currently held byCaleb Schreibeis, Montana State
Official websitehttp://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/buchanan.htm

The Buck Buchanan Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) of college football, and was first given in 1995 after the Walter Payton Award was designated solely for offensive players.[1]

It was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) player Junious "Buck" Buchanan, who starred at Grambling State University. Buchanan was an All-American defensive lineman and the first overall pick in the 1963 American Football League (AFL) Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.[1]

Both the Payton and Buchanan Awards are awarded by The Sports Network. Through the 2011 season, the awards were presented the night before the NCAA Division I Football Championship, but the 2012 awards were presented on December 17, nearly three weeks before that season's championship game.[2] Only one school, Cal Poly has won the award three (3) times, 2004–2006. Appalachian State, 1995–1996, Eastern Washington, 2008 and 2010, and James Madison, 2001 and 2009 are the only schools to win the award twice (2). Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State University is the only player to win the award twice (2).


Year Winner School Position
1995 Dexter Coakley Appalachian State Linebacker
1996 Dexter Coakley (2) Appalachian State Linebacker
1997 Chris McNeil North Carolina A&T Defensive end
1998 James Milton Western Illinois Linebacker
1999 Al Lucas Troy State Defensive tackle
2000 Edgerton Hartwell Western Illinois Linebacker
2001 Derrick Lloyd James Madison Linebacker
2002 Rashean Mathis Bethune-Cookman Cornerback
2003 Jared Allen Idaho State Defensive end
2004 Jordan Beck Cal Poly Linebacker
2005 Chris Gocong Cal Poly Defensive end
2006 Kyle Shotwell Cal Poly Linebacker
2007 Kroy Biermann Montana Defensive end
2008 Greg Peach Eastern Washington Defensive end
2009 Arthur Moats James Madison Defensive end
2010 J. C. Sherritt Eastern Washington Linebacker
2011 Matt Evans New Hampshire Linebacker
2012 Caleb Schreibeis Montana State Defensive end


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