UNI’s Cuvelier cracks Buck Buchanan list

Spencer Cuvelier

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa linebacker Spencer Cuvelier is among the first 35 Football Championship Subdivision players nominated to the 2022 Buck Buchanan Award preseason watch list.

Stats Perform presents the Buck Buchanan Award to the national defensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision.

More players can join the watch list during the regular season, and afterwards a national media panel will select the winner. First awarded in 1995, the Buchanan includes past recipients such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen and Arthur Moats.

Cuvelier, a senior linebacker from Cresco, has also been nominated for the Allstate’s 31st AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. He was named to the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-American Second Team Defense, the Phil Steele FCS Preseason All-American Third Team Defense, and the Bluebloods Preseason All-MVFC Team. He also earned MVFC Preseason First Team Defense and Phil Steele MVFC Preseason First Team Defense honors.

Cuvelier’s 2021 season was cut short due to injury, playing and starting in eight games. He was named the Stats Perform National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the season opener against Sacramento State by forcing six turnovers, recovering two fumbles and notching 15 tackles, reaching double figures for the 10th time in 19 career games.

Cuvelier finished the year fifth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference for tackles per game with 8.2. He earned first-team all-MVFC defensive honors in addition to being named to Phil Steele’s FCS All-MVFC First Team Defense.


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