Zeke Vandenburgh wins FCS defensive player of the year award

This award honors the best FCS’ best defensive player in the nation. Vandenburgh led the...
This award honors the best FCS’ best defensive player in the nation. Vandenburgh led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in sacks and tackles for loss per game during the 2022 season.(WIFR)
Published: Jan. 6, 2023 at 11:25 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2023 at 11:04 PM CST
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FRISCO, Tex. (WIFR) - Zeke Vandenburgh makes history Saturday night when he won the Buck Buchanan Award.

After a strong season at linebacker for the Illinois State Redbirds, the Freeport native becomes the first Redbird football player to take home the award.

This award honors the best FCS’ best defensive player in the nation. Vandenburgh led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in sacks and tackles for loss per game during the 2022 season.