(WIAT) — Samford senior defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden and Jacksonville State junior safety Marlon Bridges were named to the preseason Watch List for the Buck Buchanan Award, STATS announced Thursday.
The Buck Buchanan Award goes to the top defensive player in all of FCS football.
Gooden, who was named the SoCon’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, ranked second on the team and sixth in the Southern Conference in total tackles with 101. He also led the team and ranked second in the SoCon in tackles for loss with 15.5, and he tied for fourth in the league in sacks with 5.5.
For his career, Gooden has tallied 224 total tackles, including 104 solo stops. He has also amassed 38.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks in his Samford career.
Bridges was named pre-sesaon Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and posted 43 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2017.