The Division II season finally comes to a dramatic end this Saturday as no. 1 seed Valdosta State looks to bring home the hardware for the first time since 2012. Standing in the way — and seeking its first D2 crown in school history — is no. 3 Ferris State. Before you grab some snacks and turn the TV to ESPNU this weekend, let's take a look back at the regular season and ten fantastic defensive player of the year candidates.
The poll is open until this Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific Time, so make your selection today and feel free to share with friends so they can place their vote as well. Also, don't forget to vote right now for the D2 offensive player of the year and head coach of the year.
[divider]COMPARE: Any Two D2 Players | Any Two D2 Teams[divider]
|DL||Sha'haun Williams||Jr.||Notre Dame (OH)||17 solo sacks, 6 asst. sacks|
|DL||Markus Jones||Sr.||Angelo State||31 solo tack. for loss, 11 asst. tack for loss|
|DL||Chris Garrett||So.||Concordia-St. Paul||15 solo sack, 3 asst. sacks|
|LB||Cody Leonard||Sr.||Quincy||88 solo tack., 80 asst. tack.|
|LB||Dominic Cizauskas||Jr.||Glenville State||85 solo tack., 49 asst. tack.|
|LB||Cardell Rawlings||Sr.||Wingate||15 solo sacks, 5 asst. sacks|
|DB||Ryan Sullivan||So.||St. Anselm||55 solo tack., 50 asst. tack|
|DB||Tobias Harris||Fr.||West Texas A&M||7 int., 2 int. returns for TDs|
|DB||Marcus Haskins||Fr.||Concordia-St. Paul||9 int., 29 passes defended|
|DB||Daryus Skinner||Jr.||Winston-Salem||11 int., 1.2 avg. int. per game|