Buck Buchanan Award finalists announced

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 20th anniversary of the Buck Buchanan Award has drawn a list of 25 finalists from across the FCS.

Voting for the outstanding defensive player in the FCS began on Monday and reflects only the regular season.

Included on the list were five returning finalists from a year ago: linebackers Quinn Backus of Coastal Carolina and Lynden Trail of Norfolk State, defensive ends Davis Tull of Chattanooga and Zack Hodges of Harvard, and safety Caleb Schaffitzel of Missouri State.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Buchanan Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

Past recipients include two-time winner Dexter Coakley, Jared Allen, Rashean Mathis, Kroy Biermann and Montana State's back-to-back winners Caleb Schreibeis in 2012 and Brad Daly last season.

The Sports Network FCS Awards package is located at http://tinyurl.com/n5ysh8x.

The 2014 Buck Buchanan Award finalists:

Quinn Backus, LB, Coastal Carolina, Sr., 5-10, 215

11 games: 109 TT, 62 Solo, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 4 QBH, 5 FF

Tony Bell, LB, UT Martin, Sr., 6-1, 200

12 games: 76 TT, 34 Solo, 21 TFL, 8 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 11 QBH, 3 FR, 2 FF

Don Cherry, LB, Villanova, Jr., 6-1, 221

12 games: 112 TT, 68 Solo, 17.5 TFL, 9 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 5 FF

Isiah Corbett, LB, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 6-3, 250

12 games: 65 TT, 33 Solo, 12 TFL, 4.5 SK, 4 INT, 1 PBU, 5 QBH

Jeff Covitz, DE, Bryant, Sr., 6-2, 255

11 games: 59 TT, 34 Solo, 23 TFL, 8 SK, 9 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BK

James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah, Jr., 6-4, 244

12 games: 85 TT, 50 Solo, 27.5 TFL, 10.5 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF

Ryan Delaire, DE, Towson, Sr., 6-4, 250

12 games: 64 TT, 27 Solo, 14.5 TFL, 11 SK, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 3 FF

Nick Dzubnar, LB, Cal Poly, Sr., 6-2, 250

12 games: 167 TT, 73 Solo, 9.5 TFL, 3 SK, 2 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF

Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-3, 251

12 games: 70 TT, 40 Solo, 27 TFL, 16.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 8 QBH, 3 FF

Jacob Hagen, FS, Liberty, Sr., 6-3, 205

12 games: 92 TT, 59 Solo, 3.5 TFL, 8 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 3 FF

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State, Jr., 6-2, 295

12 games: 55 TT, 47 Solo, 24 TFL, 16 SK, 2 PBU, 12 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF

Colten Heagle, SS, North Dakota State, Sr., 5-11, 202

12 games: 72 TT, 46 Solo, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF

Zack Hodges, DE, Harvard, Sr., 6-3, 235

10 games: 26 TT, 12 Solo, 9.5 TFL, 8.5 SK, 2 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF

O.J. Mau, DT, Gardner-Webb, Jr., 6-2, 302

12 games: 60 TT, 27 Solo, 10 TFL, 3 SK, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 BK

Alec May, DE, Georgetown, Sr., 6-4, 255

11 games: 89 TT, 47 Solo, 20 TFL, 16.5 SK, 4 PBU, 4 QBH, 3 FF

Donald Payne, SS, Stetson, So., 6-0, 215

12 games: 185 TT, 94 Solo, 19 TFL, 5.5 SK, 4 INT, 8 PBU, 6 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF

Christian Ricard, S/LB, Stony Brook, Sr., 6-1, 205

12 games: 92 TT, 55 Solo, 21 TFL, 9 SK, 4 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BK

Caleb Schaffitzel, SS, Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 215

12 games: 96 TT, 42 Solo, 3 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 11 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF

Jaquiski Tartt, FS, Samford, Sr., 6-1, 218

11 games: 62 TT, 53 Solo, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Lynden Trail, LB, Norfolk State, Sr., 6-7, 260

12 games: 91 TT, 32 Solo, 11.5 TFL, 5 SK, 4 PBU, 9 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 2 BK

Davis Tull, DE, Chattanooga, Sr., 6-3, 240

12 games: 55 TT, 35 Solo, 17 TFL, 10.5 SK, 9 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 BK

Connor Underwood, DE, Indiana State, Jr., 6-3, 240

12 games: 84 TT, 41 Solo, 21.5 TFL, 12 SK, 4 PBU, 8 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF

Zack Wagenmann, DE, Montana, Sr., 6-3, 250

12 games: 66 TT, 29 Solo, 18.5 TFL, 13.5 SK, 4 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FR, 5 FF, 1 Safety

Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa, Sr., 6-2, 309

12 games: 83 TT, 33 Solo, 12 TFL, 8 SK, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 BK

Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas, Jr., 6-6, 271

12 games: 56 TT, 30 Solo, 18.5 TFL, 10 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 BK