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Buck Buchanan Award -- History
Year Player School
2014 Kyle Emanuel, DE North Dakota State
2013 Brad Daly, DE Montana State
2012 Caleb Schreibeis, DE Montana State
2011 Matt Evans, LB New Hampshire
2010 J.C. Sherritt, LB Eastern Washington
2009 Arthur Moats, DE James Madison
2008 Greg Peach, DE Eastern Washington
2007 Kroy Biermann, DE Montana
2006 Kyle Shotwell, LB Cal Poly
2005 Chris Gocong, DE Cal Poly
2004 Jordan Beck, LB Cal Poly
2003 Jared Allen, DE Idaho State
2002 Rashean Mathis, FS Bethune-Cookman
2001 Derrick Lloyd, LB James Madison
2000 Edgerton Hartwell, LB Western Illinois
1999 Al Lucas, DT Troy
1998 James Milton, LB Western Illinois
1997 Chris McNeil, DE North Carolina A&T
1996 Dexter Coakley, LB Appalachian State
1995 Dexter Coakley, LB Appalachian State

2014, Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State
Emanuel was one of the big reasons North Dakota State was in position to win an unprecedented fourth straight FCS national title in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound defensive end saved his best for last as a fifth-year senior, earning the 20th Buck Buchanan Award as the outstanding defensive player in the FCS. He received 70 of the 160 first-place votes and 495 points in the voting, with Villanova junior linebacker Don Cherry finishing second and Montana defensive end Zack Wagenmann third among the 25 finalists. Emanuel's fierce playing style doesn't match his calm off-the-field demeanor. During the regular season, he used his athleticism, speed and instincts to tie for the national high with 16.5 sacks and rank second with 27 tackles for loss. He added 70 total tackles, eight quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups for coach Chris Klieman's squad. The native of Schuyler, Nebraska, who carries a 3.66 grade point average, was one of only two players in the FCS to be named The Sports Network's national defensive player of the week twice, and he went on to collect the Missouri Valley Football Conference's defensive player of the year award.

2013, Brad Daly, DE, Montana State
Daly became the second straight Montana State defensive end to win the Buck Buchanan Award. A year earlier, Daly started on the same line with 2012 recipient Caleb Schreibeis. Daly, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior from Helena, Mont., received 64 of the 147 first-place votes and 485 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson finished second with 421 points and Samford linebacker Justin Shade was third with 213 points. Opponents had to account for Daly on every down, and often didn't do it effectively. Using speed and explosion off the line of scrimmage, the Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year led the FCS with 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss during the regular season. He played with nagging injuries, yet still wrecked opposing offenses with 68 tackles, seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and an interception over 12 games

2012, Caleb Schreibeis, DE, Montana State
In a relatively tight season for the Buck Buchanan Award, Schreibeis became the 18th recipient of the outstanding defensive player honor in the Football Championship Subdivision. He received 319 points to secure the award over Appalachian State senior linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (287) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior defensive end Brandon Thurmond (232). Schreibeis followed in the footsteps of his brother Joe, a former Montana State tight end and team captain, as he displayed great leadership for the Bobcats as a team captain as well, providing consistency and improvement individually. Including two FCS playoff games, Schreibeis had 59 tackles, including 24 solos, 15 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and eight forced fumbles. Behind the Billings, Mont., native, the Bobcats won a share of their third straight Big Sky Conference title and posted an 11-2 record.

2011, Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire
At a school known for offense, Evans set up a roadblock on defense. The 17th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award led the FCS in the regular season with 154 tackles and 88 solo stops. The junior appeared on 113 of the 132 ballots and received 45 first-place votes to hold off Northern Iowa senior linebacker L.J. Fort for the award. Evans had 24 tackles in a win over Lehigh and posted double-digit tackles in 10 of New Hampshire's 11 regular-season games. He also snagged a pair of interceptions (one for a touchdown), forced three fumbles and registered six tackles for loss. He helped New Hampshire (8-4) reach the FCS playoffs for an eighth straight season, collecting 11 tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss, in a 26-25 defeat against Montana State in the second round.

2010, J.C. Sherritt, LB, Eastern Washington
-- Sherritt was named the 16th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Sherritt finished the regular season ranked 10th in the FCS with 11.36 tackles per game. He had at least 10 tackles in nine straight games, totaled 10 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, intercepted three passes, broke up four, forced two fumbles, recovered one and had two quarterback hurries. Behind its captain, Eastern Washington was co-champion of the Big Sky Conference and advanced to the FCS playoffs for a second straight year, where they defeated Delaware in the FCS Championship game. Sherritt amassed 18 tackles in the 20-19 win over Delaware for the national title, becoming the first Buchanan Award winner to help lead his team to the FCS championship. The Eagles, who gained national attention for introducing a new red turf at their home stadium, went 13-2 overall. Sherritt finished his college career with 432 tackles and was a two-time Sports Network All-America. He currently plays linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.

2009, Arthur Moats, DE, James Madison
-- Moats was named the 15th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award. Moats is the second JMU player to capture the Buchanan Award, joining linebacker Derrick Lloyd, who won the honor in 2001. Moats, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior from Portsmouth, Va., led the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 2.14 per game (23.5 total), and was fourth in the FCS in sacks (1.0 per game, 11 total). He also piled up 90 tackles and returned a fumble for a 68-yard touchdown. Moats won by the largest margin in Buchanan Award history, earning 37 first-place votes and 342 points to finish 110 points ahead of runner-up J.C. Sherritt, a linebacker from Eastern Washington. Moats was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (178th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.

2008, Greg Peach, DE, Eastern Washington
-- Peach led the FCS in sacks (1.64 per game, 18 total for 103 yards in losses) and tackles for loss (2.05 per game, 22.5 total, 133 yards) in 2008, recording six multi-sack games and 72 tackles along the way. The campaign included an eye-opening four-sack effort against perennial FCS stalwart Montana on Oct. 11. The 6-2, 250-pound Peach was just one sack away from the Big Sky Conference single-season record, owned by Montana's Andy Petak with 19, and finished fifth-best in FCS history. He was second in the Big Sky and fourth in FCS for career sacks with 35.5, finishing just three sacks behind Jared Allen of Idaho State, the 2003 Buchanan Award winner and now an NFL standout. Peach also owns school standards for single-season and career sacks, as well as tackles for loss marks for a season and a career. Peach won by the largest margin in Buchanan Award history, earning 39 first- place votes and 313 points to finish 107 points ahead of runner-up Jovan Belcher, a defensive end from Maine. Belcher had 15 first-place votes and 206 points, while Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree placed third with 183 points. Peach plays in the Canadian Football League.

2007, Kroy Biermann, DE, Montana
-- Biermann was named the 13th winner of the Buck Buchanan Award. Biermann finished second nationally with 16 sacks, and was 24th with 18.5 tackles for loss. He had 70 total tackles, 34 solo stops, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks and one pass break-up. The Hardin, Mont., native finished his career with 33 sacks, 46 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries for teams that went 43-10 and won a share of four consecutive Big Sky titles during his time with the program. Biermann received 35 first-place votes and 305 points to edge Appalachian State free safety Corey Lynch by five points in the closest Buchanan Award voting in history. Biermann was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (154th overall pick) of the 2008 NFL Draft and still plays defense for them.

2006, Kyle Shotwell, LB, Cal Poly
-- The 6-1, 235-pound Shotwell led the nation in tackles for a loss with 21, and made plays all over the field for a defense that was once again one of the nation's best. He finished the season with 122 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, while leading a unit that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total and scoring defense and pressured opposing quarterbacks with 37 sacks. Shotwell, who finished his career at Cal Poly with 392 stops, was named Great West Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 by the NFL Oakland Raiders, Shotwell spent most of that season on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad and then on the Indianapolis Colts' playoff roster. Shotwell spent part of the 2008 season on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Kansas City.

2005, Chris Gocong, DE, Cal Poly
-- A 6-2, 265-pound senior, Gocong paced a Cal Poly defense that led the nation with 62 sacks. Gocong led all FCS players in sacks with 23 1/2, and filled up the stat sheet with 31 tackles for a loss, 98 total tackles, 14 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Gocong played well in big games for a Cal Poly defense that spearheaded the team's 8-3 record and first-ever playoff berth. Gocong was drafted by the NFL Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (71st overall pick) of the 2006 draft and became a starter in 2007 after missing the '06 season due to injury. After three successful seasons with the Eagles, Gocong was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2010 with whom he played three seasons.

2004, Jordan Beck, LB, Cal Poly
-- Beck filled the stat sheet to lead the Mustangs to a 9-2 record and the inaugural Great West title. He finished the season with 135 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups, and returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns. Beck made his presence felt late in the season with 21 tackles and 2.5 stops for a loss against Eastern Washington, 14 tackles and two stops for a loss against Northern Colorado, and 11 tackles and two sacks in a win against Sacramento State. Cal Poly just missed the playoffs with a 9-2 record, but finished with a place in the Top 25 and won the Great West with a 4-1 mark. Beck became the first member of the Cal Poly football program to win a major national award. He was selected in the third round (90th overall pick) of the 2005 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Beck played two years with the Falcons and one season with the Denver Broncos.

2003, Jared Allen, DE, Idaho State
-- Allen became the first Big Sky player to win the Buchanan, and first Idaho State player to win a major FCS award. He finished with 102 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 28 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the 8-4 Bengals. Allen got better as the season went on and terrorized opponents in conference play. He had a four-sack game against Eastern Washington and 3.5-sack outing against Montana. Allen ended up with an amazing 15.5 sacks in Idaho State's seven conference games, and tallied 24 tackles for a loss in his last eight contests. Allen recovered three fumbles and had nine pass deflections. He even managed to catch a three-yard touchdown pass in an upset of Cal Poly. Allen was selected in the fourth round (126th overall pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played four seasons with Kansas City, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2007 with 15.5 sacks. After playing six consecutive seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Allen was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2014. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He had 22 sacks in 2011, 1/2 sack shy of the NFL record.

2002, Rashean Mathis, FS, Bethune-Cookman
-- Mathis recorded 14 interceptions during the 2002 regular season, shattering the previous FCS single-season mark of 12 picks, set by Princeton's Dean Cain in 1987. With 445 interception return yards on the season, Mathis surpassed the previous record of 280, established by Murray State's William Hampton in 1995. The Jacksonville, Fla., native led Bethune-Cookman to an 11-1 record, helping the school to its first outright Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title since 1984 and first FCS playoff berth in school history. Mathis was selected in the second round (39th overall pick) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been a regular at defensive back in his first eight seasons. Mathis earned Pro Bowl honors in 2006 and had 30 career interceptions in 10 seasons with the Jaguars. He joined the Detroit Lions in 2013.

2001, Derrick Lloyd, LB, James Madison
-- Lloyd became the first-ever Atlantic 10 player to claim the Buchanan Award, and was the first to hail from a losing team. Lloyd was the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing 2-9 season for James Madison, ending the year with 157 tackles, 94 solo stops, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and five fumble recoveries. Lloyd had nine double-digit tackle performances during the season, including a 23-tackle outing against nationally ranked Rhode Island. The Coffeyville Community College transfer led a defense that ranked first in the Atlantic 10 and 11th in the nation in pass defense, surrendering just 149 yards per game in one of the nation's highest-octane throwing leagues. Despite playing just three years for the Dukes, Lloyd finished his career with 320 tackles, good for 10th on the JMU all-time list.

2000, Edgerton Hartwell, LB, Western Illinois
-- The second Western Illinois linebacker in three years to win the Buchanan Award, Hartwell led the Leathernecks to an outright Gateway Football Conference title and berth in the 2000 playoffs. The senior led the nation with 169 tackles, including double-digit tackle performances in each of his 11 games. The Wisconsin transfer and two-time Gateway Defensive Player of the Year finished his WIU career with a school-record 512 stops, including 308 solo tackles, and had at least 10 stops in 31 of his 37 career games at the Macomb, Ill., school. Western's season ended with a loss to Lehigh in the opening round of the FCS playoffs. A fourth-round NFL draft choice (126th overall) in 2001 by Baltimore, Hartwell went on to play professionally with the Ravens for four seasons, three of which were as a starter, and two years with the Atlanta Falcons. His most productive season was in 2002, when he recorded 142 tackles, with 103 solo stops. Hartwell had also spent time on the off season or practice squad rosters of the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders.

1999, Al Lucas, DT, Troy
-- Lucas became the first defensive tackle to claim the Buchanan Award, and was the first Southland Conference player to win a major FCS award. The Macon, Ga., native totaled 126 tackles and 20 tackles for loss, leading the Trojans to an 11-2 record and a berth in the national quarterfinals. The senior's tackle- for-loss figure led all of FCS, and Troy finished with the 13th-rated total defense in the division. Also a short-yardage threat in the running game, Lucas scored 10 career rushing touchdowns, including three in the Trojans' 1999 postseason run. After defeating James Madison in the first playoff round, TSU's season ended with a loss to Florida A&M. Lucas was originally signed as a free agent by the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, and was also active with the Carolina Panthers. Lucas died after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League on April 10, 2005. He was 26.

1998, James Milton, LB, Western Illinois
-- Milton became the first-ever Gateway Football Conference player to win a major FCS Award, after leading WIU to a league title and playoff appearance on the strength of his play. The linebacker posted 176 tackles along with 22 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, and two interceptions as the 9-2 Leathernecks led the nation in fewest points allowed (9.37) and earned a spot in the postseason. WIU defeated Montana (52-9) and Florida A&M (24-21) in the playoffs before falling to Georgia Southern in the national semifinals. In his two-year career, the Garden City Community College transfer totaled 316 tackles. Milton went on to attend professional training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

1997, Chris McNeil, DE, North Carolina A&T
-- McNeil became the first defensive end to win the Buchanan Award, and was also the first player from a MEAC school to win a major FCS honor. The North Carolina State transfer wreaked havoc on opposing defenses, finishing the 1997 campaign with 49 tackles and 21 sacks in leading the Aggies to a 7-4 season. McNeil spearheaded a unit that gave up just 109.4 rushing yards per contest, the second-lowest figure in the MEAC that season. The Thomasville, N.C., native was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week five times during his Aggie career. In just 15 career games at A&T, McNeil posted an incredible 31.5 sacks, including 10.5 in four games in 1996. McNeil went on to play professionally for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

1996, Dexter Coakley, LB, Appalachian State
-- Coakley followed up his Buchanan Award performance of 1995 with another timeless display, registering a career-high 166 stops for the 7-4 Mountaineers. Included in the campaign were three games of 20 tackles or more, including one against Division I-A Wake Forest. Coakley graduated with a school-record 645 tackles in his four-year career, with his seven 20-tackle games also ranking first in Appalachian State annals. The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native also stands as the only two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award, as well as the only individual to win two straight. Drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Coakley enjoyed a productive, 10-year pro career with the Cowboys and St. Louis Rams, earning NFL Pro Bowl honors in 1999, 2001 and 2003. He was named to the 2011 induction class into the College Football Hall of Fame.

1995, Dexter Coakley, LB, Appalachian State
-- Coakley was the recipient of the inaugural Buchanan Award following a legendary junior season. The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native totaled 165 tackles on the year, including 98 solo stops, as ASU posted a perfect 11-0 regular season and won an outright Southern Conference title. The Mountaineers rode their defense to a number of close wins, including a 10-3 triumph against normally high-powered Marshall, the eventual national runner-up. Coakley posted 21 tackles against the Thundering Herd. Following a win over James Madison in the opening playoff round, the ASU season ended with a 27-17 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

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