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FAMU’s Isaiah Land Captures the 2021 Buck Buchanan Award

Isaiah Land, FAMUThe 27th annual award, named for legendary Hall of Fame defensive lineman Junious “Buck” Buchanan, was presented to Isaiah Land, the first Florida A&M player and the second in SWAC history to take home the award for the top defender in the FCS.
A 50-member, national media panel selected the Buchanan winner from a group of 25 finalists following the regular season.
The redshirt junior and combo defensive end/outside linebacker, topped linebackers Troy Andersen of Montana State and Patrick O’Connell of Montana.
Land led the FCS with 25.5 tackles for loss, 147 yards in losses, 19 sacks and 121 sack yards in losses during the regular season.
He was the Southwestern Athletic Conference defensive player of the year with 43 total tackles, including 32 solos, 19 quarterback sacks , six quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He helped FAMU to a 9-3 record and a berth in the FCS playoffs in 2021. In FAMU’s 30-7 rout of eventual MEAC champion South Carolina State, Land set a single-game record with five sacks.

Buchanan Finalists

 1. Isaiah Land, LB, Florida A&M (SWAC)
 2. Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
 3. Patrick O’Connell, LB, Montana
 4.  Justin Ford, CB, Montana
 5. James Houston, DE, Jackson State (SWAC)
 6. Darius Joiner, S, Western Illinois
 7. Isaiah Chambers, DE, McNeese
 8. Forrest Rhyne, LB, Villanova
 9. Nate Lynn, DE, William & Mary
10. Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross
11. (tie) Kelechi Anyalebechi, LB, UIW
       Adam Bock, LB, South Dakota State
13. Stone Snyder, LB, VMI
14. Devonnsha Maxwell, DE, Chattanooga
15. Jahari Kay, DE, Sam Houston
16. Matthew Jackson, LB, Eastern Kentucky
17. Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M (SWAC)
18. Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State (MEAC)
19. Jalen Mackie, LB, Dartmouth
20. Vaughn Taylor Jr., DE, Morehead State
21. Titus Leo, LB, Wagner
22. (tie) Brevin Allen, DE, Campbell
      Shaundre Mims, DL, Charleston Southern
      Koby Perry, S, Austin Peay

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

SWAC Defensive Player of the Year
∗ 43 total tackles
∗ 32 solo tackles
∗ 19 quarterback sacks
∗ Six quarterback hurries
∗ Three pass breakups
∗ Three forced fumbles
∗ One fumble recovery
∗ Single-game record – five sacks

JANUARY CELEBRATIONS

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

JAN. 1, 1948 VULCAN BOWL
Wilberforce outlasted the Grambling Tigers, 27 - 21 as the Green Wave (9-1-1), under head coach Gaston F. “Country” Lewis went on to win their first and only Black College National Football Championship over Eddie Robinson’s Tigers.
JAN. 12, 1950
MARYLAND STATE lost to DARTMOUTH, 60-59 in the first meeting between an Ivy League school and Black College basketball teams
Jan. 16, 1956
FIRST INTERRACIAL BASKETBALL GAMES held in Nashville, TN Teams participating: FISK, TENNESSEE STATE, NORTH DAKOTA STATE and ROCKHURST COLLEGE
Jan. 25, 1979
FIRST BLACK COLLEGE ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME held in New Orleans Superdome
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IN MEMORIAL

The HBCU community has mourns the loss of some of the most iconic figures in the world of college, professional and international sports. Their contributions were true indicators of their dedication to the Black college culture. Their legacies that are a part of the tradition that we will continue to celebrate.   

ken free, sr.Kenneth A. Free, Sr.

June 8, 1936 – December 29, 2021
Ken Free, Sr. became the first full-time commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athleitc Conference in 1978. Despite battling illnesses for decades, he is recognized as an unsung hero who led by his fervent actions and work ethic in promoting equality for his beloved HBCUs.
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Sam Jones

June 24, 1933-Dec. 30, 2021
Sam Jones was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended the famed Laurinburg Institute. He was a 6- 4 point guard who could run the floor, rebound, and shoot from long range. He was recruited by the legendary Hall of Fame coach John McLendon to play at North Carolina College.
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Barbara Jacket

Dec. 26, 1934 – Jan. 6, 2022
Barbara Jacket started the women’s track and field program at Prairie View A&M in 1965 and over the next 25 years, the program rose to national prominence .  She was named the national coach of the year five times in the NAIA and picked up 23 SWAC Coach of the Year awards.
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Bobby Lang

– Jan. 6, 2022
Bobby Lang was a true green and gold legend at Florida A&M. He played football under legendary football coach Jake Gaither and earned his bachelor and masters degrees at FAMU. He was on the football coaching staff in 1978 but made a name for himself after he took over the track and field program. 
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