HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison redshirt junior linebacker
Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive
Player of the Year, the league announced today. The annual league awards,
including the All-CAA squads, are voted on by the 11 CAA head coaches. Robertson was selected for the award over several top candidates, including reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner Matt Evans of New Hampshire.
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. 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.