Doughty Finishes Fourth in Buck Buchanan Award Voting
Dec. 15, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - University of Northern Colorado senior safety Reed Doughty finished fourth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to I-AA's top defensive player, as announced on Friday at the I-AA College Football Awards held in Chattanooga, Tenn. on the eve of the national championship game. The award, given for the 11th time, was presented to Great West Conference rival Chris Cocong of Cal Poly.
Doughty received five first-place, eight second-place, nine third-place, 13 fourth-place and eight fifth-place votes, as he totalled 118 voting points. He finished 53 points behind third-place Justin Durant (Hampton), 148 points behind second-place Brent Hawkins (Illinois State) and 241 points behind the winner Gocong.
Doughty is the highest-ever finisher for a I-AA postseason award in program history, as Northern Colorado just completed its third season as a I-AA team. Last season, wide receiver Vincent Jackson finished 13th in voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to I-AA's top player.
Doughty capped a stellar career by leading all of I-AA in tackles in 2005, registering 159 stops (14.45/game) during the season, including a season-high 19 against 2005 NCAA Playoff participant Cal Poly. Doughty had double-digit tackles in 10 of 11 games during the year and ranked in the top-10 in the Great West Football Conference in forced fumbles (3), fumbles recovered (3), passes defended (8) and interceptions (4). He capped his career by ranking third in school history in career tackles (466), fifth in career interceptions (14) and eighth in career fumbles recoveries (6).
He was named a 2005 All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network and Walter Camp Football Foundation.
The epitome of a student-athlete, Doughty compiled a perfect 4.0 gpa, was the top vote-getter on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team in 2005 as well as one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy (a.k.a. The Academic Heisman), for which he won an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He completed his degree in sports and exercise science and graduated on Dec. 10.
Doughty will participate in the All-American Classic All-Star Game to be held Jan. 14 in Las Vegas and then continuing training for the NFL Scouting Combine, to be held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
The Buck Buchanan Award was established in 1995 by The Sports Network. The Award is named for All-Pro defensive end Junious "Buck" Buchanan, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs after beginning his career at Grambling State.