PHILADELPHIA — The Sports Network has named Georgia Southern's Brent Russell to its list of 20 preseason nominees for the Buck Buchanan Award.
Russell, a rising senior defensive lineman, has been a finalist for the top Football Championship Subdivision defensive honor the past two seasons after helping the Eagles to a pair of semifinal playoff appearances. The Comer native finished 12th in the voting in 2010 and sixth in 2011.
The 2011 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Russell led GSU in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (6.5). He is a two-time All-American and was named to five All-America lists after helping lead GSU to its ninth Southern Conference Championship last season.