Buck Buchanan Award

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Buck Buchanan Award
Awarded forMost Outstanding Defensive Player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision
CountryUnited States
Presented byStats Perform
First award1995
Most recentIsaiah Land, LB, Florida A&M
The award is named to honor the late Buck Buchanan.

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle 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]

Up until 2015, the Payton and Buchanan Awards were awarded by The Sports Network. Since STATS LLC, now known as Stats Perform, acquired The Sports Network in February 2015, it has presented all of the major FCS awards. 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] Cal Poly (2004, 2005, 2006) and Montana (2007, 2015, 2019) are the only programs with three winners. Appalachian State (1995–1996), Eastern Washington (2008, 2010), James Madison (2001, 2009), Montana State (2012–2013), and Western Illinois (1998, 2000), are the only schools to win the award twice. Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State is the only player to win the award twice.


Year Winner School Position
1995 Dexter Coakley Appalachian State LB
1996 Dexter Coakley (2) Appalachian State LB
1997 Chris McNeil North Carolina A&T DE
1998 James Milton Western Illinois LB
1999 Al Lucas Troy State DT
2000 Edgerton Hartwell Western Illinois LB
2001 Derrick Lloyd James Madison LB
2002 Rashean Mathis Bethune–Cookman CB
2003 Jared Allen Idaho State DE
2004 Jordan Beck Cal Poly LB
2005 Chris Gocong Cal Poly DE
2006 Kyle Shotwell Cal Poly LB
2007 Kroy Biermann Montana DE
2008 Greg Peach Eastern Washington DE
2009 Arthur Moats James Madison DE
2010 J. C. Sherritt Eastern Washington LB
2011 Matt Evans New Hampshire LB
2012 Caleb Schreibeis Montana State DE
2013 Brad Daly Montana State DE
2014 Kyle Emanuel North Dakota State DE
2015 Deon King Norfolk State LB
2016 Karter Schult Northern Iowa DE
2017 Darius Jackson Jacksonville State DE
2018 Zach Hall Southeast Missouri State LB
2019 Dante Olson Montana LB
2020 Jordan Lewis Southern DL
2021 Isaiah Land Florida A&M LB


  1. ^ a b "Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  2. ^ "Old Dominion's Heinicke captures 2012 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-08-22. Retrieved December 18, 2012.

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