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Buck Buchanan Award names their 25 Finalists for Best Defensive Player in FCS football

Nasir Adderley of Delaware was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Finalist list

Buck Buchanan Award is one of the best awards in the country for a small school football player. A part of the 2018 STATS FCS legacy awards, the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the national defensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision, has sent past winners such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen, Arthur Moats and Kyle Emanuel on to NFL careers.

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winners. Voting is based on the regular season.

FCS Defensive Player of the Year – 25 Finalists

  1. Nasir Adderley, S, Sr. – Delaware
  2. B.J. Blunt, LB, Sr. – McNeese
  3. De’Arius Christmas, LB, Sr. – Grambling State
  4. Thomas Costigan, LB, Sr. – Bryant
  5. Jabril Cox, LB, So. – North Dakota State
  6. Cam Gill, LB, Jr. – Wagner
  7. Ahmad Gooden, DE, Sr. – Samford
  8. Anthony Gore Jr., LB, Sr. – Kennesaw State
  9. Darin Greenfield, DE, Jr. – South Dakota
  10. Robbie Grimsley, S, Sr. – North Dakota State
  11. Zach Hall, LB, Jr. – Southeast Missouri
  12. Darryl Johnson Jr., DE, Jr. – North Carolina A&T
  13. Isaiah Mack, DT, Sr. – Chattanooga, DT
  14. Nick Miller, LB, Sr. – Penn
  15. Mason Moe, LB, Sr. – UC Davis
  16. Jimmy Moreland, CB, Sr. – James Madison
  17. Dante Olson, LB, Jr. – Montana
  18. Nasir Player, DL, Jr. – ETSU
  19. Troy Reeder, LB, Sr. – Delaware
  20. Derick Roberson, LB, Sr. – Sam Houston State
  21. Khalen Saunders, DT, Sr. – Western Illinois
  22. Sterling Sheffield, LB, Sr. – Maine
  23. Isiah Swann, CB, Jr. – Dartmouth
  24. Will Warner, S, Jr. – Drake
  25. Nick Wheeler, LB, Jr. – Colgate

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