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Past Buck Buchanan Award Winners
Year Player Position School
2011 Matt Evans Linebacker New Hampshire
2010 J.C. Sherritt Linebacker Eastern Washington
2009 Arthur Moats Defensive End James Madison
2008 Greg Peach Defensive End Eastern Washington
2007 Kroy Biermann Defensive End Montana
2006 Kyle Shotwell Linebacker Cal Poly
2005 Chris Gocong Defensive End Cal Poly
2004 Jordan Beck Linebacker Cal Poly
2003 Jared Allen Defensive End Idaho State
2002 Rashean Mathis Free Safety Bethune-Cookman
2001 Derrick Lloyd Linebacker James Madison
2000 Edgerton Hartwell Linebacker Western Illinois
1999 Al Lucas Defensive Tackle Troy State
1998 James Milton Linebacker Western Illinois
1997 Chris McNeil Defensive End North Carolina A&T
1996 Dexter Coakley Linebacker Appalachian State
1995 Dexter Coakley Linebacker Appalachian State

2011, Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire
-- New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans kept busy throughout the entire regular season, leading the Football Championship Subdivision with 154 tackles and 88 solo stops. The second player from CAA Football to win the award, Evans appeared on 113 of the 132 ballots and received 45 first-place votes, edging out Northern Iowa senior linebacker L.J. Fort. In addition to leading the nation in total tackles and solo stops, Evans posted double-digit tackles in 10 of New Hampshire's 11 regular-season games. He also snagged a pair of interceptions (one for a touchdown), forced three fumbles and registered six tackles for loss.

2010, J.C. Sherritt, LB, Eastern Washington
-- Sherritt was named the 16th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Sherritt finished the regular season ranked 10th in the FCS with 11.36 tackles per game. He had at least 10 tackles in nine straight games, totaled 10 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, intercepted three passes, broke up four, forced two fumbles, recovered one and had two quarterback hurries. Behind its captain, Eastern Washington was co-champion of the Big Sky Conference and advanced to the FCS playoffs for a second straight year, where they will meet Delaware in the FCS Championship game. The Eagles, who gained national attention for introducing a new red turf at their home stadium, went 9-2 during the regular season and ... overall.

2009, Arthur Moats, DE, James Madison
-- James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats was named the 15th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award. Moats is the second JMU player to capture the Buchanan Award, joining linebacker Derrick Lloyd, who won the honor in 2001. Moats, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior from Portsmouth, Va., led the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 2.14 per game (23.5 total), and was fourth in the FCS in sacks (1.0 per game, 11 total). He also piled up 90 tackles and returned a fumble for a 68-yard touchdown. Moats won by the largest margin in Buchanan Award history, earning 37 first-place votes and 342 points to finish 110 points ahead of runner-up J.C. Sherritt, a linebacker from Eastern Washington. Moats was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (178th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

2008, Greg Peach, DE, Eastern Washington
-- Eastern Washington defensive end Greg Peach was named the 14th winner of the Buck Buchanan Award. Peach led FCS in sacks (1.64 per game, 18 total for 103 yards in losses) and tackles for loss (2.05 per game, 22.5 total, 133 yards) in 2008, recording six multi-sack games and 72 tackles along the way. The campaign included an eye-opening four-sack effort against perennial FCS stalwart Montana on Oct. 11. Peach was just one sack away from the Big Sky Conference single-season record, owned by Montana's Andy Petak with 19, and finished fifth-best in FCS history. He is second in the Big Sky and fourth in FCS for career sacks with 35.5, finishing just three sacks behind Jared Allen of Idaho State, the 2003 Buchanan Award winner and now an NFL standout. Peach also owns school standards for single-season and career sacks, as well as tackles for loss marks for a season and a career. Peach won by the largest margin in Buchanan Award history, earning 39 first-place votes and 313 points to finish 107 points ahead of runner-up Jovan Belcher, a defensive end from Maine. Belcher had 15 first-place votes and 206 points, while Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree placed third with 183 points. Peach is entering his third season with the CFL Edmonton Eskimos.

2007, Kroy Biermann, DE, Montana
-- Montana defensive end Kroy Biermann was named the 13th winner of the Buck Buchanan Award. Biermann finished second nationally with 16 sacks, and was 24th with 18.5 tackles for loss. He had 70 total tackles, 34 solo stops, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks and one pass break- up. The Hardin, MT native finished his career with 33 sacks, 46 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries for a team that went 43-10 and won a share of four consecutive Big Sky titles during his time with the program. Biermann received 35 first-place votes and 305 points to edge Appalachian State free safety Corey Lynch by five points in the closest Buchanan Award voting in history. Lynch also received 35 first-place votes out of the 105 ballots cast by a panel of sports information directors and selected media. McNeese State defensive end Bryan Smith was third in the voting with 205 points. Biermann was drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round (154th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and is currently in his third season with the Falcons.

2006, Kyle Shotwell, LB, Cal Poly
-- 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. Shotwell, who finished his career at Cal Poly with 392 stops, was named Great West Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 by the NFL Oakland Raiders, Shotwell spent most of that season on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad and then on the Indianapolis Colts playoff roster. Shotwell spent part of the 2008 season on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Kansas City. He is currently a defensive assistant coach at Cal Poly, working with the linebackers.

2005, Chris Gocong, DE, Cal Poly
-- A 6-foot-2, 265-pound senior, Gocong paced a Cal Poly defense that led the nation with 55 sacks. Gocong led all FCS players in sacks with 19, and filled up the stat sheet with 24 tackles for a loss, 79 total tackles, 14 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Gocong played well in big games for a Cal Poly defense that spearheaded the team's 8-3 record and first-ever playoff berth. Gocong was drafted by the NFL Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (71st overall pick) of the 2006 draft and became a starter in 2007 after missing the '06 season due to injury. Gocong played three seasons with the Eagles and was traded to Cleveland in 2010.

2004, Jordan Beck, LB, Cal Poly
-- Beck filled the stat sheet to lead the Mustangs to a 9-2 record and the inaugural Great West title. He finished the season with 135 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups, and returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns. Beck made his presence felt late in the season with 21 tackles and 2.5 stops for a loss against Eastern Washington, 14 tackles and two stops for a loss against Northern Colorado and 11 tackles and two sacks in a win against Sacramento State. Cal Poly just missed the playoffs with a 9-2 record, but finished with a place in the top 25 and won the Great West with a 4-1 mark. Beck became the first member of the Cal Poly football program to win a major award. He was selected in the third round (90th overall pick) of the 2005 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Beck played two years with the Falcons and one season with the Denver Broncos.

2003, Jared Allen, DE, Idaho State
-- Allen became the first Big Sky player to win the Buchanan, and first Idaho State player to win a major FCS award. He finished with 102 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 28 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the 8-4 Bengals. Allen got better as the season went on and terrorized opponents in conference play. He had a four-sack game against Eastern Washington and 3.5 sack outing against Montana. Allen ended up with an amazing 15.5 sacks in Idaho State's seven conference games, and tallied 24 tackles for a loss in his last eight contests. Allen recovered three fumbles and had nine pass deflections. He even managed to catch a three-yard touchdown pass in an upset of Cal Poly. Allen was selected in the fourth round (126th overall pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Played four seasons with Kansas City, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2007 with 15 1/2 sacks. Currently on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings, Allen earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2009 after recording 14 1/2 sacks each season. In 10 games in 2010, Allen posted 9 1/2 sacks and forced three fumbles

2002, Rashean Mathis, FS, Bethune-Cookman
-- Mathis recorded 14 interceptions during the 2002 regular season, shattering the previous FCS single-season mark of 12 picks, set by Princeton's Dean Cain in 1987. With 445 interception return yards on the season, Mathis surpassed the previous record of 280, established by Murray State's William Hampton in 1995. The Jacksonville, FL native led Bethune-Cookman to an 11-1 record, helping the school to its first outright Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title since 1984 and first FCS playoff berth in school history. Mathis was selected in the second round (39th overall pick) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has started every game he's played at defensive back in his career. Mathis earned Pro Bowl honors in 2006 and has 28 career interceptions, including three for touchdowns, both franchise records.

2001, Derrick Lloyd, LB, James Madison
-- Lloyd became the first-ever Atlantic 10 player to claim the Buchanan, and was also the first to hail from a losing team. Lloyd was the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing 2-9 season for James Madison, ending the year with 157 tackles, 94 solo stops, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 5 fumble recoveries. Lloyd had nine double-digit tackle performances during the season, including a 23-tackle outing against nationally-ranked Rhode Island. The Coffeyville Community College transfer led a defense that ranked first in the Atlantic 10 and 11th in the nation in pass defense, surrendering just 149 yards per game in one of the nation's highest-octane throwing leagues. Despite playing just three years for the Dukes, Lloyd finished his career with 320 tackles, good for 10th on the JMU all-time list.

2000, Edgerton Hartwell, LB, Western Illinois
-- The second Western Illinois linebacker in three years to win the Buchanan, Hartwell led the Leathernecks to an outright Gateway Football Conference title and berth in the 2000 playoffs. The senior led the nation with 169 tackles, including double-digit tackle performances in each of his 11 games. The Wisconsin transfer and two-time Gateway Defensive Player of the Year finished his WIU career with a school record 512 stops, including 308 solo tackles, and had at least 10 stops in 31 of his 37 career games at the Macomb, IL school. Western's season ended with a loss to Lehigh in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs. A fourth round NFL draft choice (126th overall) in 2001 by Baltimore, Hartwell went on to play professionally with the Ravens for four seasons, three of which was as a starter and two years with the Atlanta Falcons. His most productive season was in 2002, as he recorded 142 tackles, with 103 solo stops. Hartwell has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders off-season rosters.

1999, Al Lucas, DT, Troy State
-- Lucas became the first defensive tackle to claim the Buchanan, and was also the first Southland Conference player to win a major FCS Award. The Macon, GA native totaled 126 tackles and 20 tackles for loss, leading the Trojans to an 11-2 record and a berth in the national quarterfinals. The senior's tackle for loss figure led all of FCS, and Troy finished with the 13th-rated total defense in the division. Also a short-yardage threat in the running game, Lucas scored 10 career rushing touchdowns, including three in the Trojans' 1999 postseason run. After defeating James Madison in the first playoff round, TSU's season ended with a loss to Florida A&M. Lucas was originally signed as a free agent by the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, and was also active with the Carolina Panthers. Lucas died after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League on April 10, 2005. He was 26

1998, James Milton, LB, Western Illinois
-- Milton became the first-ever Gateway Football Conference player to win a major FCS Award, after leading WIU to a league title and playoff appearance on the strength of his play. The linebacker posted 176 tackles along with 22 tackles-for-loss, six pass breakups, and two interceptions as the 9-2 Leathernecks led the nation in fewest points allowed (9.37) and earned a spot in the postseason. WIU defeated Montana (52-9) and Florida A&M (24-21) in the playoffs before falling to Georgia Southern in the national semifinals. In his two-year career, the Garden City Community College transfer totaled 316 tackles. Milton went on to attend professional training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

1997, Chris McNeil, DE, North Carolina A&T
-- McNeil became the first defensive end to win the Buchanan, and was also the first player from a MEAC school to win a major FCS honor. The North Carolina State transfer wreaked havoc on opposing defenses, finishing the 1997 campaign with 49 tackles and 21 sacks in leading the Aggies to a 7-4 season. McNeil spearheaded a unit that gave up just 109.4 rushing yards per contest, the second-lowest figure in the MEAC that season. The Thomasville, NC native was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week five times during his Aggie career. In just 15 career games at A&T, McNeil posted an incredible 31.5 sacks, including 10.5 in just four games in 1996. McNeil went on to play professionally for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

1996, Dexter Coakley, LB, Appalachian State
-- Coakley followed up his Buchanan Award performance of 1995 with another timeless display, registering a career-high 166 stops for the 7-4 Mountaineers. Included in the campaign were three games of 20 tackles or more, including one against I-A Wake Forest. Coakley graduated with a school-record 645 tackles in his four-year career, with his seven 20-tackle games also ranking first in Appalachian annals. The Mt. Pleasant, SC native also stands as the only two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award, as well as the only individual to win two straight. Drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Coakley enjoyed a productive, 10-year pro career with the Cowboys and St. Louis Rams, earning NFL Pro Bowl honors in 1999, 2001, 2003.

1995, Dexter Coakley, LB, Appalachian State
-- Coakley was the recipient of the inaugural Buchanan Award following a legendary junior season. The Mt. Pleasant, SC native totaled 165 tackles on the year, including 98 solo stops, as ASU posted a perfect 11-0 regular season and won an outright Southern Conference title. The Mountaineers rode their defense to a number of close wins, including a 10-3 triumph against normally high-powered Marshall, the eventual national runner-up. Coakley posted 21 tackles against the Thundering Herd. Following a win over James Madison in the opening playoff round, the ASU season ended in 27-17 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

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