NASHVILLE --- Senior defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko has been named to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award for the second consecutive year. Ogundeko is one of 21 players nominated to the 2017 preseason watch list.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., product is a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. In eight games last season, Ogundeko had 48 tackles and led Tennessee State in tackles for loss (11), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (five) and fumble recoveries (two).
The Buchanan Award, first awarded in 1995, has sent past winners such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen, Arthur Moats and Kyle Emanuel on to the NFL. Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult was the 2016 recipient.
The watch list will have updates during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season.
The preseason nominees to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List:
Pat Afriyie, Colgate, DE, Sr., 6-2, 240, Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Keontre Anderson, Jackson State, DE, Sr., 6-4, 250, Canton, Mississippi
Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, DE, R-Sr., 6-4, 240, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Mike Basile, Monmouth, SS, Sr., 6-1, 200, Brick, New Jersey
Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, FS, R-So., 6-1, 220, Lanett, Alabama
Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, LB, R-Sr., 6-3, 248, Omaha, Nebraska
Garrett Dolan, Houston Baptist, LB, Sr., 6-2, 240, Mont Belvieu, Texas
Anthony Ellis, Charleston Southern, DE, Sr., 6-1, 245, Apopka, Florida
P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, R-DE, Sr., 6-1, 280, Seguin, Texas
Davontae Harris, Illinois State, CB, R-Sr., 6-0, 200, Wichita, Kansas
Kurt Holuba, Princeton, DE, Sr., 6-3, 260, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, DE, R-Sr., 6-3, 237, Bessemer, Alabama
Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, LB, R-Sr., 6-3, 200, Lake View, South Carolina
Greg Menard, North Dakota State, DE, Sr., 6-2, 238, Lakeview, Minnesota
Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State, DE, R-Sr., 6-3, 255, Brooklyn, New York
Cole Reyes, North Dakota, SS, R-Sr., 6-2, 205, Schaumburg, Illinois
Rob Rolle, Villanova, FS, Sr., 6-0, 190, Newfield, New Jersey
Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, LB, R-So., 6-2, 225, Sioux Center, Iowa
Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, CB, Sr., 6-0, 186, Anniston, Alabama
Brett Taylor, Western Illinois, LB, R-Sr., 6-2, 230, Macomb, Illinois
Kailik Williams, The Citadel, SS, Sr., 5-11, 185, Ormond Beach, Florida