RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University redshirt senior defensive lineman Aaron Patrick is a finalist for the 2019 STATS Buck Buchanan Award. This is the 25th anniversary for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national defensive player of the year award.
Twenty-six players from across the nation were selected as finalists. First awarded in 1995, past winners include NFL players such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen, Arthur Moats and Kyle Emanuel.
A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner, who will be announced at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Jan. 10, 2020 in Frisco, Texas.
Patrick was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week and selected first team all-conference.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end finished the season with 52 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Patrick led the OVC in sacks per game (0.83) and was second in tackles for a loss (1.38 per game). He ranks 11thnationally in sacks per game, 22nd in forced fumbles and 29th in tackles for a loss per game).
The Dayton, Ohio native had a season-best eight tackles, including two sacks, in a win over Tennessee State. He had a season-high 3.5 tackles for a loss against nationally-ranked Southeast Missouri. Patrick also recorded two sacks in the season-ending win at Jacksonville State.
He concluded his career with 27.5 sacks, the second-most in program history.