Two-Minute Drill: Hall Is Recognized as Top Defensive Player in the Country

Jan 10, 2019

Southeast Missouri's 2018 season will be remembered for the Redhawks' historic turnaround and the school's first win in the FCS playoffs.

Add having the national defensive player of the year in college football's Division I subdivision to the list.Junior linebacker Zach Hall won the 2018 STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award last Friday night, emerging from a group of 25 finalists from across the country as the top defensive player in all of Division I FCS.

Hall, from Louisville, Kentucky, led the country with 168 tackles. In addition to the Buck Buchanan Award, he was also recognized during the FCS National Championship Game as the FCS Athletics Directors Association Defensive Player of the Year. He has been selected to eight different All-American teams.

Teammate Drew Forbes, a senior offensive tackle, was also named to his sixth All-America team this week."It feels great to turn this program around, but we're not anywhere we want to be yet," Hall said after receiving the award.

Following its 9-4 season which included a second-round appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the first time in school history, Southeast Missouri ranked #15 in the STATS Media and #16 in the AFCA Coaches in the final 2018 Football Championship Subdivision Polls released earlier this week.

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