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Mid-Season Watch List for 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Announced
Photo: DE Michael Sam - Missouri
Tigers’ Michael Sam Heads Hendricks Award List
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.
Missouri’s Michael Sam is enjoying a stellar senior season, and his play has been a key reason for the Tiger’s surge to a 9-1 overall record (5-1 in SEC play) and current rankings of 8th in the Coaches’ Poll, and 9th in both the Bowl Championship Series and Associated Press polls.
Through 10 games this season, Sam finds himself leading the SEC in both quarterback sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (16.0), and he ranks 7th and 8th nationally in those categories, respectively. Sam’s play has keyed a Tiger defense that has been one of the most disruptive in the nation in 2013, as the Tigers currently rank among the top-10 nationally in several categories, including sacks (3rd), interceptions (4th), turnovers gained (6th), and tackles for loss (9th), among others.
Sam has been recognized three times this season by the SEC, twice as the league’s defensive line player of the week (Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th) and once as its defensive player of the week (Oct. 19th).
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former Hendricks Award winners are included on the voting committee. Finalists for the award will be named on November 25th, with the winner being announced on December 11th. For online information about the Hendricks Award, please visit www.tedhendricksaward.com.
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.
2013 HENDRICKS AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
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 ST
KAREEM MARTIN - NORTH CAROLINA
LORENZO MAULDIN - LOUISVILLE
RYAN MUELLER - KANSAS ST
CEDRIC REED - TEXAS
MICHAEL SAM - MISSOURI
MARCUS SMITH - LOUISVILLE
CHRIS SMITH - ARKANSAS
CHIDERA UZO-DIRIBE - COLORADO
TONY WASHINGTON – OREGON
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) and 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina).
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-Star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.