|Buck Buchanan Award|
|Awarded for||most outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision|
|Presented by||The Sports Network|
|Currently held by||Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State|
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.
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.
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. 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).
|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|
|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|
- "Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/buchanan.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
- "Old Dominion's Heinicke captures 2012 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. December 17, 2012. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2012payton_Heinicke_xxx.htm. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Buck Buchanan Award - Past winners from The Sports Network
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