N.C. Central’s senior linebacker Donald Laster has been named preseason FCS Independent defensive player of the year by Lindy’s Sports.

NCCU linebacker Donald Laster
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  • NCCU linebacker Donald Laster

Laster (6-0, 238) was in on 63 tackles including 10 for losses, 5 ½ sacks, an interception, one forced fumble and one recovered as a starter last season.

“He lays it on the line every single play,” NCCU coach Mose Rison said of Laster. “He has been a great student and a tremendous leader. The players look up to him. …I expect him to play lights out.”

As a sophomore in 2008, Laster led the Eagles with six sacks and six quarterback hurries, while adding 40 total tackles with 9 1/2 for losses. In 2007, he had 48 tackles as an offensive lineman.