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Montana State's Daly wins 2013 Buck Buchanan Award

Bobcats' defensive end most outstanding defensive player

Brad Daly (left) is the second straight Buchanan Award winner from Montana State.

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Bo Beck, the defensive line coach and recruiting coach at Montana State, could have a hard time maintaining what the Bobcats have produced the last two years.

Monday, Brad Daly became the second straight Montana State defensive end to win the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the outstanding defensive player in the FCS. A year ago, Daly started on the same line with 2012 recipient Caleb Schreibeis.

Daly, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior from Helena, Mont., received 64 of the 147 first-place votes and 485 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson finished second with 421 points and Samford linebacker Justin Shade was third with 213 points.

"This is a great honor," Daly said. "I definitely wasn't happy with how the season went for our team (a 7-5 record), but I couldn't have done anything I did without all of the guys on our defense. It was a fun season individually, and it was a fun season with my teammates, hanging out with the guys on the team. Those are my best memories."

Opponents had to account for Daly on every down, and often didn't do it effectively. Using speed and explosion off the line of scrimmage, the Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year led the FCS with 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss during the regular season. He played with nagging injuries, yet still wrecked opposing offenses with 68 tackles, seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and an interception.

Daly became the sixth Buchanan Award winner from the Big Sky in the last 11 seasons.

"I'm really happy for Brad, and really happy for our program," Beck said. "To produce two Buck Buchanan winners in a row is huge. We talked about it one time before the season, and said that no matter who wins an award like this, it's a team accomplishment. It takes everyone in the program and everyone on the defense, and especially every defensive lineman. I know the rest of the guys are extremely proud of Brad, just like Brad and everyone else was extremely proud of Caleb last year."

Georgia Buchanan, whose late husband Buck is the namesake of the award - the Hall of Famer was the prototype for future NFL defensive linemen - presented the 19th annual award at The Sports Network's FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

There were 147 ballots cast in the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award voting. The results:


2013 Buck Buchanan Award Voting
Name School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Brad Daly Montana State 64 26 16 4 5 485
2. Stephon Robertson James Madison 43 28 21 13 5 421
3. Justin Shade Samford 4 23 20 14 13 213
4. Joe Thomas South Carolina St. 6 6 14 12 19 139
5. Shaquille Riddick Gardner-Webb 3 12 13 7 8 124
6. Terrence Fede Marist 2 12 4 11 13 105
7. Quinn Backus Coastal Carolina 2 6 6 11 13 87
8. Lynden Trail Norfolk State 3 8 3 12 6 86
9. Tyler Starr South Dakota 4 5 8 6 6 82
10. Jordan Tripp Montana 2 6 7 5 5 70
11. Marcus Williams N. Dakota St. 4 4 6 5 5 69
12. Ronnie Hamlin Eastern Washington 3 3 7 8 2 66
13. Davis Tull UT-Chattanooga 2 4 4 9 7 63
14. Jerome Couplin III Wm. & Mary 2 2 4 11 9 61
15. Caleb Schaffitzel Missouri St. 1 0 5 9 16 54
16. Zach Hodges Harvard 2 1 3 1 6 31
17. Robert Simpson Miss. Valley St. 0 1 2 2 1 15
18. Caraun Reid Princeton 0 0 2 1 4 12
T19. Clarence Bumpas No. Colorado 0 0 1 4 0 11
T19. Colton Underwood Illinois St. 0 0 1 2 4 11


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