Football Championship Subdivision

Year of the defensive ends
(L-R) Davis Tull, Shaquille Riddick and Zach Hodges
Defensive ends, from left, Davis Tull of Chattanooga, Shaquille Riddick of Gardner-Webb and Zach Hodges of Harvard were finalists for the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award.
Philadelphia, PA ( - Buck Buchanan Award voters sure love their defensive ends.

The last two national defensive players of the year in the FCS, five of the last seven and eight of 19 overall have come from the pass rushing position that combines athleticism, power and speed.

It won't be surprising if another defensive end wins the Buchanan when the award celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Quarterback may be the most important position in football, but there likely isn't a more talented position in the FCS than defensive end. The list of standouts is ridiculously deep, including NFL prospects for 2015.   continue>>

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