Waege, Kaczor, Tutsie on Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

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FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege, linebacker James Kaczor and safety Michael Tutsie were named to the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award preseason watch list announced Thursday, Aug. 4, by Stats Perform.
 
The Buck Buchanan Award is presented annually to the national defensive player of the year in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. NDSU has had nine finalists for the award including the 2014 winner, defensive end Kyle Emanuel.
 
Waege, a senior from South Shore, S.D., returns to the Bison for his sixth year after a season-ending injury during the third game of the 2021 season. Waege has played in 42 career games with 24.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was a second team FCS All-American in the spring of 2021 with 8.0 TFLs and 4.5 sacks in nine games.
 
Kaczor, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., is also in his fifth year of eligibility after an injury limited him to nine games last season. A second team All-American in the spring of 2021 with 70 tackles in eight contests, he has played 43 career games with 192 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups.
 
Tutsie, a sixth-year senior from Indianapolis, Ind., was a first team All-American last season and has started 41 consecutive games at strong safety. Second on the team in 2021 with 81 total tackles, Tutsie has played 53 games with 253 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions. He ranks 10th in school history with 136 solo tackles.
 
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Tickets are on sale at GoBison.com/tickets.

2022 Buck Buchanan Award Preseason Watch List

Defensive Linemen

Brevin Allen, Campbell, Sr., 6-4, 265 (2021 Finalist)
Ty French, Gardner-Webb, Jr., 6-3, 230
Jeblonski Green, South Carolina State, R-Jr., 6-3, 265
Malik Hamm, Lafayette, Sr., 6-3, 260
Jonathan Hammond, Davidson, Jr., 6-2, 227
Titus Leo, Wagner, Gr., 6-4, 245 (2020 and 2021 Finalist)
Jordan Lewis, Southern, Jr., 6-3, 195 (2020 Buck Buchanan Award recipient)

Nate Lynn, William & Mary, Jr., 6-3, 265 (2021 Finalist)
Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga, Sr., 6-3, 296 (2021 Finalist)
Clay Patterson, Yale, Jr., 6-3, 267
Kevin Peprah, Sacred Heart, Sr., 6-2, 235
Markel Perry, Sam Houston, R-Sr., 6-2, 220
Josiah Silver, New Hampshire, So., 6-2, 232
B.J. Thompson, Stephen F. Austin, Sr., 6-6, 210
Spencer Waege, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-5, 278

Linebackers

Kelechi Anyalebechi, UIW, Gr., 6-0, 240 (2021 Finalist)
Adam Bock, South Dakota State, Jr., 6-1, 215 (2021 Finalist)
Spencer Cuvelier, Northern Iowa, R-Sr., 6-3, 245
Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-0, 232 (2021 Finalist)
John Ford II, UT Martin, LB, Gr., 6-3, 230
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Gr., 6-1, 245 (2020 Finalist)
David Hoage, Northern Colorado, Jr., 6-3, 250
Matthew Jackson, Eastern Kentucky, R-Sr., 6-2, 205 (2021 Finalist)
James Kaczor, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-0, 212

Isaiah Land, Florida A&M, Sr., 6-4, 215 (2021 Buck Buchanan Award recipient)
Patrick O’Connell, Montana, R-Sr., 6-2, 225 (2021 Finalist)
Stone Snyder, VMI, Sr., 6-3, 240 (2020 and 2021 Finalist)
Tristan Wheeler, Richmond, R-Jr., 6-2, 228

Defensive Backs

Anthony Adams, Portland, State, Sr., 6-0, 185 (2019 Finalist)
Montrae Braswell, Missouri State, Jr., 6-0, 190
Justin Ford, Montana, R-Sr., 6-2, 190 (2021 Finalist)
Robby Hauck, Montana, R-Sr., 5-10, 185
Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana, R-Sr., 6-0, 180
Michael Tutsie, North Dakota State, Sr., 5-11, 193
Kedrick Whitehead, Delaware, Sr., 5-11, 195
 


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