BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana State University's Caleb Schreibeis keeps racking up the awards. After being named to several All-America teams for his impressive senior year, the Billings native can now add Buck Buchanan award winner to his list of achievements. The Buck Buchanan Award is given to the top defensive player in the nation in FCS football.
Schreibeis becomes the first Bobcat to win the award, which has been given to several players who went on to NFL play such as Jared Allen and Dexter Coakley.
MSU Head Coach Rob Ash said this award is a fantastic honor for a very deserving Schreibeis, "I think this award is a fabulous testimony to Caleb's work ethic and his determination. He came here as a walk-on and had to fight and scratch and claw for every bit of playing time he got, gradually earning scholarship money, winning a starting job, and becoming one of the best players in the country. This is a tremendous story," Ash said.
Shcreibeis is a former walk-on who this year piled up the stats, many of them tops in the country. He had 59 tackles, including 16 alone in The Brawl of the Wild, on top of that he had a Big Sky leading 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Most impressively, Schreibeis' eight forced fumbles this season led the nation on all college levels, and incredibly it's not only a single season record in Bobcat history, it's more than any other Cat has ever had in a full career.