Dorian Bell Named to Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
July 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Senior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) made history as the first Duquesne player to be named as a preseason candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award which is given annually to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
The preseason list of 20 candidates was released by The Sports Network today.
The third-year Ohio State transfer, who was named preseason First Team All-American by TSN on July 1, is coming off an All-American junior season (Third Team by TSN) that saw him post double-digit tackles for six consecutive weeks before suffering a hand injury that sidelined him for the last two games. He led Duquesne in tackles (92 including a team-high 54 solo), tackles for loss (12.0 including a team-high 6.5 sacks) and fumbles forced (3) despite missing three games. His 11.5 tackles per game would have led the NEC and ranked tied for eighth nationally had he met the NCAA minimum requirement for games played (75% of a team's total).
Bell was a First Team all Northeast Conference pick in 2012.
The Buchanan Award Watch List can undergo revision during the 2013 season. Ballots will be sent to a panel of about 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The winner will be invited to The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation on Dec. 16.
Past Buchanan Award recipients include two-time winner Dexter Coakley, Jared Allen, Rashean Mathis, Kroy Biermann and Montana State defensive end Caleb Schreibeis last season.
This is the 19th year for the Buck Buchanan Award.
Duquesne opens the 2013 season at home against Albany on Aug. 31.
2013 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
Dorian Bell LB Duquesne Sr. 6-1 234 Clarence Bumpas LB Northern Colorado Sr. 6-2 236 Qua Cox CB Jackson State Sr. 6-0 185 Wes Dothard LB Chattanooga Sr. 6-1 235 Steven Godbolt III CB Tennessee State Jr. 6-1 180 Ronnie Hamlin LB Eastern Washington Jr. 6-2 210 Antoine Lewis DT Villanova Sr. 6-2 290 Jestin Love S Central Arkansas Sr. 6-0 208 Grant Olson LB North Dakota State Sr. 6-0 223 Caraun Reid DT Princeton Sr. 6-2 305 Stephon Robertson LB James Madison Sr. 5-11 220 Caleb Schaffitzel S Missouri State Jr. 6-0 214 Alvin Scioneaux LB Wofford Sr. 6-2 215 Robert Simpson DT Miss. Valley State Sr. 6-4 255 Tyler Starr LB South Dakota Sr. 6-4 235 Jaquiski Tartt S Samford Jr. 6-1 220 Jordan Tripp LB Montana Sr. 6-4 237 Davis Tull DE Chattanooga Jr. 6-3 230 Colton Underwood DE Illinois State Sr. 6-4 260 Marcus Williams CB North Dakota State Sr. 5-11 194
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