Aug. 5, 2013
CHICAGO - Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali was named to the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Monday.
A 2012 All-Western Athletic Conference First Team honoree, Enemkpali registered 32 total tackles last season with a team-leading 7.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards including a team best six sacks for a loss of 46 yards. He also was credited with a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up.
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.
Hendricks’ 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) and 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina).
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Morgan Breslin, Southern Cal
Anthony Chickillo, Miami
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Scott Crichton, Oregon State
IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech
Devonte Fields, TCU
Ryne Giddins, South Florida
Brock Hekking, Nevada
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
Jackson JEffcoat, Texas
Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Aaron Lynch, South Florida
Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Jonathan Newsome, Ball State
Marcus Rush, Michigan State
Tyler Scott, Northwestern
Chris Smith, Arkansas
Jeremiah Taylor, Marshall
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Chidera Uzo Diribe, Colorado
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. Until our first vote is cast, our Watch List will remain open to additions and deletions, depending on individual performances, injuries, etc. Our Final Mid-Season Watch List will be announced in November. The 2013 winner will be announced on December 11.
Louisiana Tech will open the 2013 season at NC State on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised on the ACC Network and simulcast on ESPN3.
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