Oct. 15, 2009

Courtesy of NDSU Athletics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Tim Knicky of Stephen F. Austin, Jeremy Maddox of Alabama A&M, Arthur Moats of James Madison and J.C. Sherritt of Eastern Washington have been added to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list.
 
The Buchanan Award, which is in its 15th year, is given to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
 
Knicky, a senior defensive end from Stephen F. Austin, leads FCS in sacks with 7.5 through five games, an average of 1.62 per contest. He also has 18 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup for a Lumberjack squad that is ranked for the first time since 2005 (20th) and has compiled a 4-1 record.
 
Alabama A&M senior defensive end Maddox has helped lead a turnaround for the Bulldogs, who are 4-2 this season. Maddox is second in FCS in sacks with 8.5 in six games for a 1.42 average per game. He also has 26 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.
 
Moats, a senior defensive end from James Madison, has helped his 2-3 squad to a No. 13 national ranking, playing against one of the toughest schedules in FCS. Moats ranks first nationally in tackles for loss with 13, an average of 2.6 per game. He is 10th in sacks with five and also has 41 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
 
Ranked third nationally in tackles with 84, Sherritt, a senior linebacker from Eastern Washington, is averaging 14 stops per game. He piled up an FCS-high 24 tackles last week against Weber State and also has 10.5 tackles for loss (ranking 17th in FCS), one interception for a 36-yard touchdown, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
 
The four new candidates were added to a list that already includes 16 other players: defensive end Christian Anthony of Grambling, defensive end Danny Batten of South Dakota State, defensive end Dane Fletcher of Montana State, Delaware free safety Charles Graves, Central Arkansas defensive end Larry Hart, Southern Illinois linebacker Brandin Jordan, Murray State defensive end Austen Lane, Appalachian State free safety Mark LeGree, Massachusetts strong safety Jeromy Miles, Weber State cornerback Josh Morris, Villanova linebacker Osayi Osunde, Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers, Northern Iowa defensive end
James Ruffin, Youngstown State defensive tackle Mychal Savage, William & Mary defensive end Adrian Tracy and Norfolk State free safety Terrell Whitehead.
 
A total of 20 candidates were announced this summer. The watch list will be revised again in early November, and again before the final ballot is announced.
 
Voting from a panel of FCS sports information directors, writers, broadcasters and other football experts will be conducted after the regular season ends. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 30 and will be invited to the 23rd annual Sports Network Awards banquet on Dec. 17 in Chattanooga, TN., the night before the NCAA Division I championship game. The Eddie Robinson Award and the Walter Payton Award will also be presented that night.