Six from Big 12 on watch for Hendricks Award

August, 11, 2010
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Six players from the Big 12 were placed on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to college football's best defensive end.
  • Sam Acho, Texas
  • Pierre Allen, Nebraska
  • Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
  • Jake Laptad, Kansas
  • Von Miller, Texas A&M
  • Aldon Smith, Missouri

The 8-year-old award has been won only once by a Big 12 player: Texas' Brian Orakpo in 2008.

Acho and Beal should be strong contenders for the award, but Smith could possibly become a finalist if he can improve on his impressive freshman season that featured 11.5 sacks.

I'm also a little surprised to not see Oklahoma State's Ugo Chinasa (6.5 sacks, eight hurries, 30 tackles) on the 36-man list, but players can be added or deleted as necessary before the list is trimmed in November.

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