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Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced, NDSU linebacker James Kaczor part of it



Fargo, North Dakota – The 2021 Buck Buchanan Award watch list has been announced today and North Dakota State linebacker James Kaczor is part of it. Stats Perform presents the award to the best defensive player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision every year.

Last spring, Kaczor, a senior from St. Cloud, Minnesota, was named first-team All-MVFC and second-team FCS All-America. With 70 total stops and 2.0 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries, he was NDSU’s second-leading tackler.

The preseason watch list includes 35 players. During the regular season, more players might be added to the list, and the winner will be determined by a national media panel.

North Dakota State has had nine finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, including 2014 winner Kyle Emanuel.