Hughes On Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
Aug. 6, 2009
CHICAGO -- TCU consensus All-American Jerry Hughes has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end.
Hughes was a finalist for the 2008 Ted Hendricks Award and was also one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, recognizing the nation's best defensive player.
Lindy's ranks Hughes as the top defensive end in the nation. Mel Kiper Jr. lists Hughes as the No. 2 defensive end available for the 2010 National Football League draft.
Hughes also appears on watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy.
Hughes led the nation in 2008 with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles. The 6-foot-3, 257-pound senior from Sugar Land, Texas, also ranked in the top 10 in tackles for loss (19.5) and fumble recoveries (three). He added two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. After his standout career at Miami (Fla.), Hendricks played 15 years in the National Football League. He earned selection to both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Brian Orakpo of Texas was last year's recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award.