HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison redshirt-senior linebacker Stephon Robertson was the runner-up for the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top Football Championship Subdivision defensive player, The Sports Network announced today. Brad Daly became the second straight Montana State defensive end to win the Buck Buchanan Award, receiving 64 of the 147 first-place votes and 485 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Robertson finished second with 421 points and Samford linebacker Justin Shade was third with 213 points.
Last week, Robertson named as the Dudley Award winner Wednesday night, edging Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke for a trophy given to the best Division I football player in Virginia. The two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-CAA selection, Robertson finished his senior season with 141 total tackles, including 52 solos, 17.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass breakups, leading the league in total tackles and tackles for loss. One of the top candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award after finishing second among underclassmen and eighth overall in last year’s ballot, Robertson currently is third in the FCS with 11.8 tackles per game and 17th in tackles for loss (1.4 per game). A three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season, Robertson recorded a league season-high 5.0 tackles for loss at William and Mary and had double-digit stops in nine of 12 games played while leading the Dukes in tackling in eight of them. Before the season he was named a Sports Network First Team Preseason All-American in 2013 and the 2013 Preseason CAA Defensive Player of the Year.