Eighteen NCAA Football Championship Subdivision players were nominated for the Buck Buchanan Award, but Presbyterian College linebacker Colby Campbell was named Thursday as one of three finalists for the Stats Perform-presented honor.
The winner will be announced on the FCS National Awards Show on May 15, to be televised on Bally Sports (formerly Fox Sports) Regional Networks.
Joining Campbell in the top three are linebacker Stone Snyder of VMI and defensive end Jordan Lewis of Southern.The Buchanan award honors the defensive player of the year in FCS.
“I am extremely blessed to have received such an honor,”said Campbell. “It is incredible to be recognized as one of the top players in the country. It just goes to showm despite everything that goes on within a program or life that if you stay the course, buy in and push yourself, anything is possible.”
A unanimous selectionfor first-team all-conference in the Pioneer Football League, Campbell led the Blue Hose with 96 tackles in 7 games to rank second in FCS in tackles per game (13.7). He made 10-plus tackles in 5 games, including a modern school-record 25 tackles in a 29-24 victory over Davidson on April 10.
“I just want to say thank you so much to all my coaches, friends and family, because without them, none of this would have been possible,” added Campbell.
He concluded his Blue Hose career with 355 tackles, second in the PC D1 record book.
Campbell is the second Blue Hose in the D1 era to be named to the Buchanan watch list as Justin Bethel earned that honor during the 2011 season.