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UNI linebacker added to Buchanan Award watch list

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University of Northern Iowa linebacker L.J. Fort has joined teammate Ben Boothby on the Buck Buchanan Award watch list.

The Sports Network announced on Tuesday that Fort was added to the list for the award which is given every year to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Fort has four forced fumbles this season, tied for first in the nation, and is averaging of 12.75 tackles per game, second in the country.  He had a career-high 14 tackles in the Panthers 42-7 win over Missouri State on Saturday.

UNI can now boast four players on season award watch lists.  Quarterback Tirrell Rennie is on the Walter Payton Award watch list, which is given to the top FCS player, and running back David Johnson is on the Jerry Rice Award watch list, which is given to the top FCS freshman.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on all four awards after the regular season.  They will be presented at the FCS national awards banquet on January 6, 2012 in Frisco, Texas.

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