CHICAGO — Missouri State cornerback Montrae Braswell (Jr., Avon Park, Fla.) is on the exclusive list of FCS football players announced today (August 4) to the Buck Buchanan Award Preseason Watch List.
The Buck Buchanan Award is presented annually by STATS Perform to the national defensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision. Braswell is one of 35 players on this year’s preseason watch list that includes six other defensive backs and six total players from the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
After earning All-MVFC first-team honors at two positions in 2021, Braswell was named as an All-America second-team selection by the AP and STATS after Hero Sports also named him to its Sophomore All-America Team at both DB and return specialist. Defensively, Braswell finished third in the Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year voting and ranked seventh nationally — and tops in the MVFC — in passes defended per game (1.4). He also snagged four interceptions and brought down 44 ball carriers with 33 solo stops. On special teams, his 29.4 kickoff return average ranked fifth nationally and tops in the MVFC. He was also a two-time MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Earlier this week, Braswell was named to the Stats Perform Preseason All-America second team as well as being named as a Preseason All-MVFC first-team selection.
More players can join the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List during the regular season. A national media panel will select the winner in January. First awarded in 1995, the Buchanan includes past recipients such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen and Arthur Moats.
Stats Perform also presents the annual Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive player of the year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman player of the year), Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) and Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Bears kick off the 2022 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Central Arkansas before the club’s home opener on Sept. 8 in a playoff rematch against UT Martin at Robert W. Plaster Stadium. Missouri State season tickets are currently on sale by calling (417) 836-8899, with single-game tickets set to go on sale August 8 at MissouriStateBears.com or at (417) 836-7678.