- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State University defensive end Kyle Emanuel has been named the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The All-American senior on Monday was named winner of the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award.

Emanuel leads the FCS in tackles for loss (28.5) and is second in sacks (17). In eight games against Top 25 opponents, he has 47 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and nine quarterback hurries. Emanuel ranks ninth in FCS history with 33 career sacks, and is three sacks from tying the NDSU career record.

The three-time defending FCS champion Bison host Sam Houston State on Friday in this year’s semifinals.

Emanuel’s teammate, All-America strong safety Colten Heagle, was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award.

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