Coastal’s Scearce added to Buchanan Award watch list

ccu-alex-scearce-at-pc-1-gasqueCoastal Carolina senior linebacker Alex Scearce is one of seven players added to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, it was announced Wednesday.

Scearce is now one of 33 players overall who will be considered for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player for the NCAA Division I FCS Subdivision.

A native of Huntersville, N.C., Scearce has emerged as a dominant play-maker on the national scene. Not only does he lead the team in tackles (63), tackles for loss (8.0), sacks (5.5), interceptions (5), forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (2), he has scored three touchdowns this season while being responsible for a fourth.

Scearce leads all Division I linebackers with five interceptions with only six players in all of Division I with more than his five. (Tarvarus McFadden of Florida State has seven and four players in the FCS have six.)

Scearce’s two interception returns for touchdowns are tied for second among all Division I players with 11 others. (Darius Phillips of Western Michigan has three.) Scaerce is tied for 25th among all Division I players with two fumble recoveries.

Overall, Coastal has scored seven defensive touchdowns – tops among FCS programs and second only to Alabama’s nine among the entire NCAA Division I – with Scearce being involved in four – two interception returns for scores, a fumble recovery for a score and forced a fumble that was recovered for a score.

The following is a breakdown of Scearce’s outstanding season to date:
• Game 1 at Lamar: season-high 11 tackles, including one for a loss, with an interception.
• Game 2 vs. Florida A&M: only had three tackles, but one was a sack
• Game 3 at Jacksonville State: 8 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up. On a sack late in the game with CCU down one, forced and recovered a fumble on the same play.
• Game 4 vs. Furman: two interceptions (on back-to-back drives), returning one 31 yards for TD
• Game 5 vs Charleston Southern: seven tackles. On the same play, had a sack and forced fumble that was recovered by teammate for TD.
• Game 6 at Gardner-Webb: nine tackles with a TFL and half sack.
• Game 7 vs. Central Connecticut State: six tackles, scored two touchdowns, had two interceptions – returning one for a touchdown, had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
• Game 8 at Presbyterian:  had a team-best seven tackles with a sack.
• Game 9 vs. Monmouth:  had team-best six tackles with a sack and career-high three pass break-ups.

Scearce is the second Chanticleer this year to be considered for a national honor. For the second year in a row, senior running back De’Angelo Henderson, who finished 10th last season, is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the nation’s top offensive player at the FCS level.

The Chants play host to Bryant on Saturday.

Photo by Johnny Gasque/CCU Athletics

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