Montana State's Schreibeis wins 2012 Buck Buchanan Award
Bobcats' defensive end honored as most outstanding defensive player in FCS college football
Caleb Schreibeis finished with 319 points to secure the award.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Montana State University defensive end
Caleb Schreibeis never could have imagined the type of impact he would have
for the Bobcats.
After all, he joined the squad as a walk-on who was hoping to see the field as
a special teams player.
But Monday night, the Billings, Mont., native with deep Bobcats ties was named
the 18th recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the outstanding
defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He received almost
double the amount of first-place votes as the runner-up - 35 versus 18 - and
finished with 319 points to secure the award over Appalachian State senior
linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (287) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior defensive end
Brandon Thurmond (232).
Schreibeis followed in the footsteps of his brother Joe, a former Montana
State tight end and team captain. He displayed great leadership for the
Bobcats as a team captain as well, providing consistency and improvement
In the regular season, Schreibeis registered 51 tackles and ranked first on
his team in tackles for loss (14.5), sacks (12), quarterback hurries (seven)
and forced fumbles (seven). The Bobcats won a share of their third straight
Big Sky Conference title and advanced to the FCS playoffs for the third
Including two playoff games, Schreibeis upped his season totals to 59 tackles,
including 24 solos, 15 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries,
four pass breakups and eight forced fumbles. The Bobcats had an 11-2 record.
"When plays came my way, it was great, but it was also working toward the
goals of the defense and the team," Schreibeis said. "So really, plays came my
way and I had opportunities to make plays, but it's the same for a lot of
these other guys on the team."
Schreibeis became so effective as a pass rusher during his senior season that
he collected at least a half sack in all 10 of his regular-season games and
forced at least one fumble in all but four regular-season contests.
"Individually, I guess I never would have thought I would be here," Schreibeis
said. "But I'm so thankful and blessed. I can't say that enough, how blessed I
am just to be here."
There were 145 ballots cast in the Buck Buchanan Award voting. The results: