The Hendricks Award is given out each year to the nation’s top defensive end in honor of Ted Hendricks, the three-time All American at Miami (FL) and Hall of Famer as a member of the Oakland Raiders. This year, they named Jackson Jeffcoat of the Texas Longhorns as the recipient of the award. Among the finalists he beat out for the award were Michael Sam of Missouri, Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Vic Beasley of Clemson, Brad Daly of Montana State and Marcus Smith from Louisville.
This season, Jeffcoat had 37 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, an interception, forced fumble, 4 pass deflections and a blocked kick. He was able to come back and have a big year after missing much of last year with a shoulder injury. Jeffcoat and the 8-4 Longhorns are preparing to take on the 10-2 Oregon Ducks in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 30th. The Ducks are currently ranked 10th in the country, so the Longhorns may be a sizable underdog in this game.
Congratulations to Jeffcoat on the award.