This is the time of year where these preseason awards “watch” list pop up on a daily basis. The latest is the Hendricks award that goes out annually to the nation’s top defensive end.
Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers on the preseason list along with USC’s Cliff Matthews.
Below is USC’s release on Mattgews and a little more info on the award:
USC senior Cliff Matthews is one of 36 preseason candidates for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Matthews, a 6-4, 268-pound senior from Cheraw, S.C., is a consensus preseason All-SEC pick after earning second-team honors in 2009. A team captain, Matthews is also listed on the preseason Lott Trophy, Nagurski and Lombardi Watch Lists.
Now in its ninth season, 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.