December 12, 2017

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Teuhema Named Among Buck Buchanan Award Finalists

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana senior linebacker Sione Teuhema was named one of 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, STATS announced on Monday.

 

The Buck Buchanan Award honors the top defensive player in FCS. STATS announced the finalists for all of its legacy awards on Monday, including the Walter Payton Award (FCS Offensive Player of the Year), the Jerry Rice Award (FCS Freshman of the Year) and Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year).

 

Teuhema is the fourth Southeastern player to be named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which was established in 1995. He joins former Lions Robert Alford (2012, 18th place finish), Isiah Corbett (2014, 22nd) and Harlan Miller (2015, 25th).

 

In his final season at Southeastern, Teuhema was as dominant as any Southeastern pass rusher dating back to the return of the program in 2003. He led the team with nine sacks and ranked sixth in FCS with 19.0 tackles for loss – tying the single-season school record for tackles for loss in a season, matching the 1984 total of Southeastern Athletics Hall of Famer Willie Shepherd.

 

Teuhema, who finished the 2017 season with 80 tackles, two forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery, made his mark on the Southeastern program in his two years in Hammond after transferring from LSU. He finished among the Southeastern career leaders in tackles for loss (27.5, 9th) and sacks (13.0, 4th).

 

Teuhema was one of eight Southland Conference representatives among the finalists for the nation’s top awards. Teuhema was joined on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List by Houston Baptist senior linebacker Garrett Dolan, Sam Houston State senior defensive lineman P.J. Hall and Central Arkansas senior defensive back Tremon Smith.

 

Senior quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State) and Hayden Hildebrand (Central Arkansas) represent the league among the Walter Payton Award finalists.

SLU freshman running back Marcus Cooper was on the Jerry Rice Award watch list, but was not among the 20 finalists, as UCA running back Kierre Crossley was the Southland’s lone representative. Nicholls head coach Tim Rebowe is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award after helping the Colonels to their first NCAA playoff appearance since 2005.

 

All four awards and the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be celebrated at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas on the eve of the national championship game.

 

The voting panel consists of over 150 sports information and media relation directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Voting is based on the regular season.

 

2017 STATS FCS Awards

 

Walter Payton Award Finalists – FCS Offensive Player of the Year

Jeremiah Briscoe – QB – Sr. – Sam Houston State

Hayden Hildebrand – QB – Sr. – Central Arkansas

Dominick Bragalone – RB – Jr. – Lehigh

Chandler Burks – QB – Jr. – Kennesaw State

Taryn Christion – QB – Jr. – South Dakota State

Case Cookus – QB – So. – Northern Arizona

Keelan Doss – WR – Jr. – UC Davis

Dallas Goedert – TE – Sr. – South Dakota State

Gage Gubrud – QB – Jr. – Eastern Washington

Devlin Hodges – QB – Jr. – Samford

Chad Kanoff – QB – Sr. – Princeton

DeVante Kincade – QB – Sr. – Grambling

Kyle Lauletta – QB – Sr. – Richmond

Anthony Lawrence – QB – Jr. – San Diego

Josh Mack – RB – So. – Maine

Detrez Newsome – RB – Sr. – Western Carolina

Neil O’Connor – WR – Jr. – New Hampshire

Brandon Parker – OT – Sr. – North Carolina A&T

Troy Pelletier – WR – Sr. – Lehigh

Lamar Raynard – QB – Jr. – North Carolina A&T

Bryan Schor – QB – Sr. – James Madison

Chris Steveler – QB – Sr. – South Dakota

Tommy Stuart – QB – Gr. – Duquesne

Roc Thomas – RB – Sr. – Jacksonville State

Justin Watson – WR – Sr. – Penn

 

Buck Buchanan Award Finalists – FCS Defensive Player of the Year

Sione Teuhema – LB – Sr. – Southeastern Louisiana

Garrett Dolan – LB – Sr. – Houston Baptist

P.J. Hall – DL – Sr. – Sam Houston State

Tremon Smith – CB – Sr. – Central Arkansas

Andrew Ankrah – DE – Sr. – James Madison

Mike Basile – SS – Sr. – Monmouth

Marlon Bridges – FS – So. – Jacksonville State

Brandon Bryant – LB – Sr. – Lafayette

Josh Buss – LB – Jr. – Montana

De’Arius Christmas – LB – Jr. – Grambling

Nick DeLuca – LB – Sr. – North Dakota State

Malik Duncan – CB – Sr. – St. Francis

Anthony Ellis – DE – Sr. – Charleston Southern

Jared Farley – LB – Sr. – Northern Iowa

Ahmad Gooden – DE – Jr. – Samford

Davontae Harris – CB – Sr. – Illinois State

Darius Jackson – DE – Sr. – Jacksonville State

Mario Jenkins – LB – Sr. – Idaho State

Darius Leonard – LB – Sr. – South Carolina State

Warren Messer – LB – Jr. – Elon

Matthew Oplinger – LB – Sr. – Yale

Jonathan Peterson – DE – Sr. – San Diego

Christian Rozeboom – LB – So. – South Dakota State

Brett Taylor – LB – Sr. – Western Illinois

Jaison Williams – DE – So. – Austin Peay

 

Jerry Rice Award Finalists (FCS Freshman of the Year)

Kierre Crossley – RB – Central Arkansas

Troy Anderson – RB/LB – Montana State

Bryson Armstrong – LB – Kennesaw State

Grant Breneman – QB – Colgate

Davis Cheek – QB – Elon

Jabril Cox – LB – North Dakota State

Glenn Cunningham – LB – Fordham

Zane Dudek – RB – Yale

Wesley Dugger – RB – Davidson

Reynard Ellis – LB – Furman

Jaron Grayer – LB – Maine

Pete Guerriero – RB – Monmouth

Gresch Jensen – QB – Montana

Anthony Knighton – DE – Southern Illinois

Torrance Marable – RB – Presbyterian

Franklin “Mac” McCain III – CB – North Carolina A&T

Caylin Newton – QB – Howard

Kaelan Riley – QB – Mercer

Vincent Sellers – S – Tennessee State

Daniel Smith – QB – Campbell

 

Eddie Robinson Award Finalists (FCS Coach of the Year)

Tim Rebowe — Nicholls

Mike Ayers – Wofford

Brian Bohannon – Kennesaw State

Rod Broadway – North Carolina A&T

Kevin Callahan – Monmouth

Dave Cecchini – Valparaiso

Curt Cignetti – Elon

Charlie Fisher – Western Illinois

John Grass – Jacksonville State

Will Healy – Austin Peay

Mike Houston – James Madison

Dan Hunt – Colgate

Chris Klieman – North Dakota State

Mike London – Howard

Fred McNair – Alcorn State

Pete Rossomando – Central Connecticut State

Demario Warren – Southern Utah

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