HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison redshirt junior linebacker Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison) has been named a finalist for the 2012 Bill Dudley Award, presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. The award, named for Bill Dudley, star player at the University of Virginia and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, goes to the top player in Division I football - Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision - in the state. The award will be presented Wednesday night at the banquet at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump, Va.
Robertson was previously selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year over several top candidates, including reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner Matt Evans of New Hampshire, as well as earning First Team All-CAA honors. A starter in all 11 games this year and 34 played in his career, Robertson was a force for Madison's defense, which ranked second in the CAA and 24th in FCS football in scoring, first in the league and 19th nationally in rushing defense and fifth in the CAA in pass defense. Also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, Robertson finished with a team-high 101 tackles, including 48 solos, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and five pass breakups, earning him First Team All-CAA honors for the second straight year after being named CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010. One of 20 players on the Buck Buchanan Watch List for the nation's top defensive player, he was third in the league and tied for 43rd in the nation with 9.18 tackles per game. He led JMU in tackles in seven of the 11 games played this year and recorded double-digit tackles in six games, five of them CAA contests.
In his career, Robertson has started in 34 of a possible 35 games. He has amassed 304 career tackles, an average over his career of 8.94 tackles per game, despite being targeted as a threat by every opposing offense.