FCS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Buck Buchanan Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision of college football, and was first given in 1995.
Following the regular season, a national panel of 153 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Buck Buchanan Award, named for the Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
ZACH HALL, LINEBACKER, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI REDHAWKS
Hall is the second-straight OVC player to win the Buchanan Award, joining Jacksonville State’s Darius Jackson from a year ago.
Hall posted an FCS-high 168 tackles as Southeast Missouri went 9-4 for its first winning season since 2010. The Redhawks snapped Jacksonville State’s 36-game winning streak in the Ohio Valley Conference – Hall had a game-high 15 tackles and a key blocked kick – and beat Stony Brook in the playoffs.
The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker, named the OVC Defensive Player of the Year, contributed six takeaways – four interceptions and two fumble recoveries – and forced four fumbles. He reached double figures in tackles in 10 of 13 games, including a career-high 22 against FBS member Arkansas State – the most by an OVC player in 10 years.
In addition to winning the Buchanan Award, Hall was named to seven different FCS All-America teams.
The 2018 Buchanan Award finalists included:
- Southeast Missouri – MLB Zach Hall, junior
- Montana – MLB Donte Olson, junior
- Sam Houston State – DE Derick Roberson, senior