MSU's Kane Ioane, Montana's Tim Bush on Buchanan Watch lists
PHILADELPHIA -- Montana State safety Kane Ioane and Montana defensive end Tim Bush are on The Sports Network initial "Buchanan Watch" list.
The Buck Buchanan Award is given to the top defensive player in NCAA Division I-AA football.
Ioane, a Billings Skyview graduate, was a second-team All-American for the Bobcats last season. He led the Big Sky with 127 tackles and had four interceptions last season in earning all-conference honors.
Tim Bush is from Kellogg, Idaho. He has 25 career sacks at Montana and led the league in sacks last year in earning all-conference honors.
Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen is also a Buchanan Watch candidate.
The Buchanan and Payton watch lists will be updated on Oct. 1, Oct. 29 and again just before the ballots on distributed on Nov. 24. The awards, along with Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the I-AA's top coach, will be given Dec. 18 in Chattanooga, Tenn., on the eve of the I-AA national championship game.
The Sports Network has also released its Payton Watch list of candidates who are being considered as the top offensive player in NCAA Division I-AA.
------= ^Payton Watch Candidates=
Muhammad Abdulqaadir, rb, Southern Illinois
Jermaine Austin, rb, Georgia Southern
Casey Cramer, te, Dartmouth
Tramon Douglas, wr, Grambling State
Bruce Eugene, qb, Grambling State
Ryan Fuqua, rb, Portland State
Gary Jones, rb, Albany
Russ Michna, qb, Western Illinois
Robert Kent, qb, Jackson State
Rich Musinski, wr, William & Mary
Andre Raymond, rb, Eastern Illinois
Allen Suber, qb, Bethune-Cookman
Jack Tomco, qb, Southeast Missouri
Kirwin Watson, rb, Fordham
Chaz Williams, qb, Georgia Southern
Marcus Williams, rb, Maine< ^Buchanan Watch Candidates=
Jared Allen, de, Idaho State
Dante Balestracci, lb, Harvard
LevyBrown, s, Florida A&M
Tim Bush, de, Montana
Liam Ezekiel, lb, Northeastern
Boomer Grigsby, lb, Illinois State
Isaac Hilton, de, Hampton
Kane Ioane, s, Montana State
Alexis Moreland, s, Southern Illinois
Nick Ricks, lb, Eastern Illinois
Roderick Royal, lb, McNeese State
Lee Russell, lb, Western Illinois
K.T. Stovall, de, Appalachian State
Charles Thompson, cb, Nicholls State
Tony Tiller, cb, East Tennessee State
Renauld Williams, lb, Hofstra
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