Arthur Moats captures 2009 Buck Buchanan Award
James Madison defensive end honored as most outstanding defensive player in FCS college football
Chattanooga, TN (Sports Network) -
James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats was named the 15th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award Thursday night at The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision Awards Banquet, held at the
Chattanooga Convention Center on the eve of the NCAA Division I Football Championship title game.
|Arthur Moats 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).|
The Buchanan Award, named for the legendary Grambling State and Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle, is presented annually to the nation's top defensive player in FCS.
"I can't believe it, this is so overwhelming," said Moats. "I wasn't expecting anything like this."
Moats is the second JMU player to capture the Buchanan Award, joining linebacker Derrick Lloyd, who won the honor in 2001.
"We've never had anyone draw the attention that Arthur Moats has drawn this season," said JMU coach Mickey Matthews. "We've had some great defensive players here, but Arthur is as good as anyone we've had."
Moats, a 6-2, 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. South Dakota State defensive end Danny Batten was third with 183 points.
The largest previous margin was last year, when Eastern Washington defensive end Greg Peach beat runner-up Jovan Belcher, a defensive end from Maine, by 107 points.
The Buck Buchanan Award was established in 1995 by The Sports Network. Past winners of the honor include current NFL standouts such as Jared Allen (2003, Idaho State) of the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis (2002, Bethune-Cookman), along with former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker Dexter Coakley (1995-96, Appalachian State).
2009 Buck Buchanan Award Voting
|Arthur Moats||James Madison||37||26||8||12||5||342|
|J.C. Sherritt||Eastern Washington||17||17||15||15||4||232|
|Danny Batten||South Dakota State||8||13||20||12||7||183|
|Mark LeGree|| Appalachian State||2||12||16||15||5||145|
|Austen Lane||Murray State||8||3||15||7||9||120|
|Adrian Tracy||William & Mary||5||13||6||5||12||117|
|Dane Fletcher||Montana State||9||1||5||4||7||79|
|Brandin Jordan||Southern Illinois||3||4||7||4||4||64|
|James Ruffin||Northern Iowa||4||3||7||3||4||63|
|Tim Knicky||Stephen F. Austin||3||5||2||5||6||57|
|Josh Morris|| Weber State||2||5||1||4||4||45|
|Terrell Whitehead||Norfolk State||0||2||6||1||8||36|
|Jeremy Maddox||Alabama A&M||2||0||3||5||5||34|
|Larry Hart|| Central Arkansas||0||3||1||2||1||20|
|Charles Graves|| Delaware||1||0||0||5||3||18|
|Mychal Savage||Youngstown State||0||1||2||1||3||15|
|Jeromy Miles|| Massachusetts||0||0||0||1||7||9|
|*Andre Campbell|| Elon||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|*Sean Lissemore|| William & Mary||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|* - Write-in Votes.|
|Breaking The Line |
|by Samuel G. Freedman|
Samuel G. Freedman's "Breaking The Line" vividly recreates the world of black college football in the civil rights era with a gripping chronicle of the 1967 season for coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling State and Alonzo S. "Jake" Gaither at Florida A&M.