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Buck Buchanan Award

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]

Buck Buchanan Award
Given formost outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision
CountryUnited States
Presented bySTATS LLC
First award1995
Most recentZach Hall, Southeast Missouri State
The award is named to honor the late Buck Buchanan.

It was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) player Junious "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 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] Only one school, Cal Poly has won the award three (3) times, 2004–2006. Appalachian State, 1995–1996, Eastern Washington, 2008 and 2010, James Madison, 2001 and 2009, Montana Grizzlies (2007 and 2015), and Montana State, 2012–2013, and Western Illinois (1998 and 2000), are the only schools to win the award twice (2). Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State University is the only player to win the award twice (2).



  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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