Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Beal, Kindle, Miller named Hendricks finalists
By David Ubben
Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal, Texas' Sergio Kindle and Texas A&M's Von Miller have been named among the seven finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Here's a look at what the Big 12 finalists have been able to accomplish this season.
JEREMY BEAL -- OKLAHOMA, JR
Beal, a junior from Carrollton, Texas, led the Sooners in sacks (11) for the second straight season. He finished the regular season with 65 tackles, 18 for loss and an interception. His sack total this season ties for fourth-best in Oklahoma history and his tackles for loss total ranks 11th. Nationally, Beal ranks tied for 10th in sacks and tied for 12th in tackles for loss. Beal's highlight game this season came against Texas when he recorded 12 tackles.
SERGIO KINDLE -- TEXAS, SR
The Dallas native has recorded just three sacks this season, but has been credited with being the most disruptive player on the Longhorns' defense. Kindle has recorded 17 tackles for loss and an astounding 31 QB hurries, to go along with two fumbles forced.
VON MILLER -- TEXAS A&M, JR
Miller, a junior from DeSoto, Texas, enjoyed a breakout season for the Aggies and was named a first-team 2009 All-Big 12 defensive end. He leads the nation in sacks with 17 and ranks fourth in the nation with 21 tackles for loss. His sack total is just three shy of the A&M school record. Miller also has recorded a team-high four forced fumbles and a second-best five passes broken up.
Other finalists included Derrick Morgan of Georgia Tech, Greg Romeus of Pittsburgh, Brandon Graham of Michigan and Jerry Hughes of TCU.
The final vote for the Hendricks Award will be announced on Dec. 8 and the winner will be announced the following day.
Brian Orakpo of Texas won the Hendricks Award last season, becoming the first Big 12 player to be honored.