APSU Football’s Antoine Williams has been nominated as a finalist for Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award – Clarksville Online

APSU footballChicago, Illinois Austin Peay State University linebacker Antoine Williams was named a finalist for the 2022 Stats Perform FCS Buck Buchanan Award on Wednesday.

Williams is one of 30 players named finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the National Defensive Player of the Year in Division I college football.

This is the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in program history that Austin Peay has had a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award. Koby Perry was a finalist in 2021 and Kordell Jackson was a finalist in 2020 and 2019, earning a program-best sixth place finish for the award in 2019. Jaison Williams was also named a finalist during the 2017 season.

2022 APSU Football - Antoine Williams.  (Robert Smith, APSU sports information)Williams was second in the ASUN with 91 tackles and third with 12.5 tackles for loss – he was the only player in the league to finish in the top three in both categories. Williams averaged 8.3 tackles per game, which tied for second in the conference, and his four sacks tied for seventh in the ASUN. Williams also added 42 solo tackles, which was the conference’s fourth-best mark.

In his second redshirt season, Williams also added a forced fumble, a fumble to recover that came back 60 yards for a touchdown, a pass breakup, three quarterback hurries, and a blocked punt. He led Austin Peay State University in tackles, tackles for loss and defensive touchdowns and was second on the team in sacks.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Williams recorded a career-best 14 tackles in the season opener against Western Kentucky. He added 10 tackle games against Murray State and No. 8 Alabama to lead the Governors with three double-digit tackle games in 2022.

Williams was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss to Murray State, the best single-game total by an APSU gov since Joe Bell had 4.0 tackles for loss to Center in 2002.

Williams is one of two ASUN Conference players named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award. He is joined by Central Arkansas defensive lineman David Walker.

A national media panel will select the winner of the Buchanan Award, with votes based on the regular season. The recipient will be announced at the FCS National Awards banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.

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