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Robertson, Williams Added to National Watch Lists

Nov 15, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

A pair of CAA Football standouts in James Madison’s Stephon Robertson and Delaware’s Jeff Williams have been added to the Buck Buchanan and Jerry Rice Watch Lists, respectively, as recently announced by the Sports Network. Check out the YouTube video below for video highlights of both players.

A preseason All-America and All-CAA selection, Robertson has recorded a team-high 92 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups in 10 games this season. The redshirt junior linebacker has started all 33 games in his three-year career, totaling an impressive 295 tackles during his time in Harrisonburg. A native of Alexandria, Va., Robertson has emerged as a force for a Dukes defensive unit that leads the league in scoring defense (19.0 points per game) and ranks second in total defense (320 yards per game).

Robertson joins three CAA Football seniors in New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans, Richmond safety Cooper Taylor and William and Mary cornerback B.W. Webb on the 20-member watch list for the Buchanan Award, which honors the most outstanding defensive player in FCS Football.

Williams has made an immediate impact in his rookie season with the Blue Hens, racking up 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks to lead the league in both categories. The redshirt freshman linebacker also ranks second on the squad behind senior standout Paul Worrilow with 58 total tackles.

The Freeport, N.Y., native is in good company on the Rice Watch List as well after fellow conference rookies in W&M linebacker Luke Rhodes and Villanova quarterback John Robertson were named to the 20-member list earlier this season. The Jerry Rice Award honors the FCS national freshman of the year.

Both awards will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The awards will be presented on Dec. 17 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia.

More information on each CAA honoree can be found on Delaware and James Madison’s respective websites. For more on both awards, please visit

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