Chicago (TedHendricks.com) – The Mid-Season Watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award has been announced. 18 players have earned a spot with just a few weeks to go in the season. This list will remain open to additions and deletions until our selection committee completes its first vote on November 25.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Ted used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier defensive end is presented.
On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner.
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award's voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (Freshman through Senior) as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school. The candidate's primary position must be Defensive End.
Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award include:
2002 - Terrell Suggs (Arizona State)
2003-04 - David Pollack (Georgia)
2005 - Elvis Dumervil (Louisville)
2006 - LaMarr Woodley (Michigan)
2007 - Chris Long (Virginia)
2008 - Brian Orakpo (Texas)
2009 - Jerry Hughes (TCU)
2010 – Da'Quan Bowers (Clemson)
2011 – Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)
2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)
2013 HENDRICKS AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
MICHAEL SAM (MISSOURI)
CHRIS SMITH (ARKANSAS)
VIC BEASLEY (CLEMSON)
SCOTT CRICHTON (OREGON STATE)
KASIM EDEBALI (BOSTON COLLEGE)
JAYRONE ELLIOTT (TOLEDO)
DEE FORD (AUBURN)
RANDY GREGORY (NEBRASKA)
MARTIN IFEDI (MEMPHIS)
JACKSON JEFFCOAT (TEXAS)
DEMARCUS LAWRENCE (BOISE STATE)
KAREEM MARTIN (NORTH CAROLINA)
LORENZO MAULDIN (LOUISVILLE)
RYAN MUELLER (KANSAS STATE)
CEDRIC REED (TEXAS)
MARCUS SMITH (LOUISVILLE)
CHIDERA UZO-DIRIBE (COLORADO)
TONY WASHINGTON (OREGON)
The Hendricks Award voting committee will cast two votes: one to narrow the list of candidates to 4-6 finalists, and one to choose our winner for this season. Our Final Mid-Season Watch List will be announced in late November. The 2013 winner will be announced on December 11.