Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Montana State defensive end Brad Daly
knows exactly what the play of a Buck Buchanan Award winner looks like. In his
junior season last year, he was a teammate with the eventual FCS defensive
player of the year recipient.
Daly, now a senior, lined up opposite Caleb Schreibeis on the Bobcats'
defensive line. A year later, Daly has his named added to the Buchanan Award
Joining Daly on the Buchanan Award Watch List Tuesday was Coastal Carolina
junior linebacker Quinn Backus. Both have played integral roles on their
respective teams and were added to the list of candidates for the 19th annual
award, presented by The Sports Network.
This year's winner will join Schreibeis and other Buchanan Award recipients
such as Arthur Moats, Kroy Biermann, Jared Allen, Rashean Mathis and Dexter
Daly leads the nation in both tackles for loss (12) and sacks (nine) through
five weeks of the season, and owns a 13-game streak of recording at least one
tackle for loss. He's shown his versatility by recording two pass breakups,
five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Daly is undersized by defensive line standards, but is
part of the developing mold of extremely athletic, quick players at defensive
end. The senior uses his raw explosion off the line to gain favorable position
against offensive linemen and his speed to track down running backs and
Backus, a 5-10, 215-pound linebacker, is the definition of a ball hawk. His 45
total tackles, including 27 solo, exemplify his ability to get through
opponents and straight to whomever is holding the ball. And with two pass
breakups and one interception, he shows a unique ability to drop back into
pass coverage and man up with opposing receivers and tight ends.
Backus is certainly capable of disrupting the opponent's backfield, too. He has
two tackles for loss and one sack.
His size at linebacker can be seen as a disadvantage, but Backus is showing
all doubters he can play with the best of competitors. He's led Coastal
Carolina to a 5-0 start this season, including a big performance against Furman
with 15 tackles (one for a loss) and an interception.
Other nominees on the Buchanan Award Watch List are: defensive linemen Antoine
Lewis of Villanova, Caraun Reid of Princeton, Robert Simpson of Mississippi
Valley State, Davis Tull of Chattanooga and Colton Underwood of Illinois
State; linebackers Clarence Bumpus of Northern Colorado, Wes Dothard of
Chattanooga, Ronnie Hamlin of Eastern Washington, Grant Olson of North Dakota
State, Stephon Robertson of James Madison, Alvin Scioneaux of Wofford, Tyler
Starr of South Dakota and Jordan Tripp of Montana; defensive backs Stephen
Godbolt III of Tennessee State, Jestin Love of Central Arkansas, Caleb
Schaffitzel of Missouri State, Jaquiski Tartt of Samford and Marcus Williams of
North Dakota State.
Bios of all 20 players can be found at http://tinyurl.com/yhv6oh8.
Other players considered for the Watch List: Jackson State cornerback Qua Cox;
Duquesne linebacker Dorian Bell; Northern Iowa linebacker Jake Farley; Montana
defensive end Zack Wagenmann; South Carolina State linebacker Joe Thomas;
Harvard defensive end Zach Hodges; and Arkansas-Pine Bluff linebacker Jer-ryan
The Buchanan Award Watch List can undergo revision during the season. Ballots
will be sent to a national panel of sports information and media relations
directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular
season. The winner will be invited to The Sports Network FCS Awards
Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
The Sports Network also presents the Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Eddie
Robinson Awards. The Payton Award honors the outstanding player in the FCS,
the Rice Award goes to the FCS freshman of the year and the Robinson Award
honors the FCS coach of the year. The top three vote-getters for the Payton
Award as well as the winners of Rice and Robinson awards also will be invited
to the national banquet.
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