William & Mary's Jerome Couplin III, Marist's Terrence Fede, Norfolk State's Lynden Trail Join Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Nov 15, 2013, 10:00 ET from The Sports Network

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (SportsNetwork.com) – As the FCS season draws to a close, outstanding individual and team accomplishments stand out.

Being a leader on a stellar defense goes a long way, and there are certainly plenty of players to be recognized this season. Norfolk State's Lynden Trail, William & Mary's Jerome Couplin III and Marist's Terrence Fede stand out for their play and leadership roles on what have proven to be dominant defenses.

On Nov. 15, the three were nominated to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The 19th annual award is given to the outstanding defensive player in the FCS.

Trail, a redshirt junior who is in his second season at Norfolk State after transferring from the University of Florida, is a 6-foot-7 physical specimen on the Spartans' defensive line and at outside linebacker and tight end. He ranks third on the team with 70 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss, and second in sacks with 6.5.

He also leads Norfolk State's defense with eight pass breakups and four forced fumbles, and has two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a blocked kick.

Couplin, a 6-2 senior, leads a very talented William & Mary defense in tackles with 88. The Tribe rank first in the FCS in scoring defense, allowing just 12.2 points per game. They also are sixth in total defense.

Couplin is tied for sixth in the CAA in total tackles, and is tied for first on his team with two forced fumbles. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups.

Fede, a 6-5 senior defensive end, leads his Marist team in tackles for loss (17), sacks (12) and quarterback hurries (12), and is third in total tackles (53). The third-year starter is second in the nation with 1.2 sacks per game, and he has recorded at least half a sack in eight of his 10 games.

The Red Foxes rank second in the Pioneer Football League in both total defense and scoring defense.

Other nominees on the Buchanan Award Watch List are: defensive linemen Brad Daly of Montana State, Zach Hodges of Harvard, Caraun Reid of Princeton, Robert Simpson of Mississippi Valley State, Davis Tull of Chattanooga and Colton Underwood of Illinois State; linebackers Quinn Backus of Coastal Carolina, Clarence Bumpus of Northern Colorado, Ronnie Hamlin of Eastern Washington, Stephon Robertson of James Madison, Alvin Scioneaux of Wofford, Justin Shade of Samford, Tyler Starr of South Dakota, Joe Thomas of South Carolina State and Jordan Tripp of Montana; and defensive backs Caleb Schaffitzel of Missouri State and Marcus Williams of North Dakota State.

Bios of all 20 players can be found at http://tinyurl.com/yhv6oh8.

Ballots for the Buchanan Award will be sent to a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The winner will be invited to The Sports Network FCS Awards Presentation Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

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