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Buck Buchanan finalists are set for best defender in FCS (20 finalists)

Buck Buchanan Award finalists are set when 20 players were announced on Monday as voting began for the honor ofmthe best defender in the FCS. The winner will be announced Dec. 16 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

The 2013 Buck Buchanan Award finalists:

Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 111 TT, 68 Solo, 7 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 INT, 6 PBU, 2 TD

Clarence Bumpas, Northern Colorado, Linebacker, Senior

11 games: 107 TT, 42 Solo, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 BLK

Jerome Couplin III, William & Mary, Safety, Senior

12 games: 113 TT, 70 Solo, 2.5 TFL, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 TD

Brad Daly, Montana State, Defensive End, Senior

12 games: 68 TT, 36 Solo, 20.5 TFL, 14 Sacks, 7 QBH, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF, 2 BLK

Terrence Fede, Marist, Defensive End, Senior

11 games: 59 TT, 30 Solo, 18 TFL, 13 Sacks, 4 PBU, 13 QBH, 1 FF

Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington, Linebacker, Junior

12 games: 101 TT, 47 Solo, 4 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH, 2 INT, 1 FF, 1 TD

Zach Hodges, Harvard, Defensive End, Junior

10 games: 40 TT, 22 Solo, 11.5 TFL, 6.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 7 QBH, 3 FR, 4 FF, 1 TD

Caraun Reid, Princeton, Defensive Tackle, Senior

10 games: 26 TT, 16 Solo, 11 TFL, 6.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 5 QBH, 1 BLK

Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb, Defensive End, Junior

11 games: 67 TT, 31 Solo, 19 TFL, 8.5 Sacks, 2 PBU, 17 QBH, 1 FF

Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 141 TT, 52 Solo, 17 TFL, 5 Sacks, 4 QBH, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF

Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Safety, Junior

12 games: 110 TT, 36 Solo, 2.5 TFL, 1 Sack, 4 INT, 8 PBU, 1 TD

Justin Shade, Samford, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 120 TT, 59 Solo, 15.5 TFL, 9 Sacks, 5 PBU, 2 FF, 1 QBH

Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Defensive Tackle, Senior

11 games: 65 TT, 36 Solo, 15 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 5 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FR, 2 BLK

Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 71 TT, 46 Solo, 15 TFL, 9 Sacks, 6 QBH, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 4 FF

Joe Thomas, South Carolina State, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 116 TT, 84 Solo, 19 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR

Lynden Trail, Norfolk State, Linebacker/Defensive End, Junior

12 games: 94 TT, 36 Solo, 12.5 TFL, 8.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 8 PBU, 5 FF, 2 FR, 10 QBH, 2 BLK

Jordan Tripp, Montana, Linebacker, Senior

12 games: 89 TT, 39 Solo, 5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 3 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 3 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK, 1 TD

Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Defensive End, Junior

12 games: 52 TT, 37 Solo, 15 TFL, 9 Sacks, 8 QBH, 1 PBU, 4 FF

Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Defensive End, Senior

11 games: 66 TT, 33 Solo, 12 TFL, 3 Sacks, 5 PBU, 9 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF, 1 BLK

Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Cornerback, Senior

9 games: 18 TT, 15 Solo, 2 INT, 6 PBU, 206 Return Yards, 1 TD

If I had to vote my winner would be Lynden Trail, the kid is a freak athlete and still a junior. I would not be surprised if he wins and declares to enter the draft.

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