Laiche will be joined by senior defensive end Ron’Dell Carter of James Madison and senior linebacker Dante Olson of Montana, who topped the list of 26 finalists for the FCS’ most outstanding defensive player. Named for the Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer and presented since 1995, the award will be handed out at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 10 – the eve of the national championship game. After missing the first two games of the season, he recorded at least one tackle for loss in each of his 11 starts and at least one sack in nine contests. Laiche earned Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying four TFL, two sacks and a forced fumble in a win over McNeese. CHICAGO – Nicholls senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche received an invite to the 2019 STATS FCS Awards Banquet as one of the top three vote-getters for the Buck Buchanan Award, the organization announced Tuesday. The first defensive player to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year since 2007, Laiche compiled 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles and helped Nicholls to a second-straight conference title and automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. The Gramercy, La., native finished the regular season as the FCS leader in tackles for loss per game (2.1) and ranked fifth in sacks per game (1.1). With 37.5 career sacks, Laiche concluded his career half a sack shy of tying the Southland Conference record and tied for fifth in FCS history.