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Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award

Cal Poly linebacker honored as most outstanding defensive player in FCS college football

Kyle Shotwell
Kyle Shotwell 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 ten nationally in total and scoring defense and pressured opposing quarterbacks with 37 sacks.
Chattanooga, TN (Sports Network) - Cal Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell was named the 12th winner of the Buck Buchanan Award tonight at the FCS College Football Awards held in Chattanooga, TN on the eve of the FCSl Championship Game. The Buchanan Award is presented annually to the top defensive player in FCS football.

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 ten nationally in total and scoring defense and pressured opposing quarterbacks with 37 sacks.

"Receiving the award is a humbling experience because you realize that an award like this is not earned by one person, but a group effort by lots of really good people working really hard for a really long time. It's nice because I feel like, at this school, I've followed so much greatness (in reference to previous winners Jordan Beck and Chris Gocong). Winning this award puts me in an elite class. I respect those guys so much as players as well as people," said Shotwell.

Shotwell posted solid efforts to help the Mustangs to a 2-0 start, but he really got going against Sacramento State. In a 17-0 shutout victory, Shotwell was all over the field with 14 tackles (9 solo), four tackles for a loss and a sack. That started a string of quality games, as Shotwell had double-digit tackles and at least one tackle for a loss in the next four outings. The Mustangs had a 5-2 record going into a tough three-game road swing, and Shotwell and the defense did all they could in quality efforts at FBS San Diego State and FCS Montana. Shotwell tallied a great game with 12 tackles and four sacks as Cal Poly held off San Diego State, 16-14. The Mustangs suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 loss at Montana in the next game, but Shotwell led a dominating defensive effort with 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. Shotwell closed his career in style by taking a lateral after an interception 65 yards for a touchdown in a 55-0 win over Savannah State.

Shotwell is the third consecutive Cal Poly defender to win the Buchanan Award, following Jordan Beck and Chris Gocong, and takes home the program?s third major award. It is also the third award for the Great West Conference. He captured 23 out of 112 first-place votes and 275 total points to claim the Buchanan trophy. James Madison linebacker Akeem Jordan also recorded 23 first-place votes, but finished behind Shotwell with 258 total points.

The Buck Buchanan Award was established in 1995 by The Sports Network.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR