Chattanooga, TN (Sports Network) -
James Madison linebacker Derrick Lloyd was named the eighth winner of the
Buck Buchanan Award tonight at
the FCS College Football Awards held in Chattanooga, TN on the
eve of the FCS national championship. The Buchanan Award is presented
annually to the top defensive player in FCS.
The senior recorded 157 tackles during the regular season for the Dukes,
leading all of FCS with 94 solo stops on the year. Lloyd had nine
double-digit tackle performances during the season, including a
23-tackle performance against nationally-ranked Rhode Island on Sept.
22. The Charlotte, NC native also amassed 19 tackles for loss, 7.5
sacks, 14 quarterback hurries and five fumble recoveries on the year.
Said Lloyd, "The Buchanan Award is a great personal honor, but I never
thought about it -- only trying to help my team win. I couldn't have
won it without the help of my teammates."
Lloyd is the sixth consecutive senior to win the award, and the fifth
linebacker. Linebacker Dexter Coakley was a
two-time winner of the award, and LB Edgerton
Hartwell won the honor last season. Lloyd's selection as the Buchanan
Award winner makes him the first player in Colonial Athletic (formerly Atlantic 10) Football
Conference history to win the award.
Lloyd was a dominant force on a defense that ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in pass defense,
surrendering just 149 passing yards per game in one of the nation's
highest-octane throwing leagues. James Madison gave up 21 points or
fewer six times during the 2001 season, allowing eventual FCS playoff
teams Maine and William & Mary 13 and 17 points, respectively. Despite
James Madison's 2-9 record this past season, Lloyd was honored as the
Colonial Athletic Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with Maine linebacker
Lloyd's on-field prowess began at Coffeyville Community College in
Kansas, where he parlayed a 137-tackle freshman performance in 1998 into
a spot in the 1999 James Madison rotation. With 55 tackles during his
first year at JMU, Lloyd was an integral part of a club that won the
Atlantic 10 co-title and earned a trip to the FCS playoffs. In 2000,
Lloyd upped his tackle total to 108, garnering All-Colonial Athletic praise
for his performance.
Lloyd received 19 first-place votes and 207 points from the panel of 103
FCS sports information directors and selected media. Following Lloyd
in the voting were Montana safety Vince Huntsberger, who earned 15
first-place votes and 191 total points, and Furman linebacker Will
Bouton, who registered 14 first-place votes and 177 total points.
The Buck Buchanan Award was established in 1995 by The Sports Network.
The Award is named for All-Pro defensive end Junious "Buck" Buchanan,
who played for the Kansas City Chiefs after beginning his career at
Grambling State University.