Nov. 10, 2003
The Ted Hendricks Foundation announced today the finalists for the 2003 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Commenting on the finalists, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Ted Hendricks said, “This year’s vote for the finalists was very close with six outstanding defensive ends rising to the top. They all have had fine years and I can’t wait to watch them through the end of their season.”
The finalists include UCLA’s David Ball, Oklahoma’s Dan Cody, the University of Georgia’s David Pollack, Texas Christian’s Bo Schobel, Ohio State University’s Will Smith, and Southern California’s Kenechi Udeze.
The Hendricks Award winner will be announced during the final week of the bowl season.
UCLA’s Ball, a 6-foot-6 senior, leads the nation with 12.5 sacks.
“Offensive lines have been struggling to block him for a couple years now, and he and the rest of the defense have helped compensate for a young offense in keeping UCLA near the top of the Pac-10 standings,” said Stewart Mandel, college football analyst for CNN/SI.
Oklahoma’s Cody is coming off one of the biggest games of his career, a three-sack performance against rival Oklahoma State last Saturday. The Sooners defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense.
Pollack is the leader of a Georgia defense that ranks No. 2 in the nation in total defense.
“His motor never stops running and he makes big plays every week,” said CNN/SI’s Mandel. “His production is a little down from last season, but that has a lot to do with defenses concentrating on him so heavily.”
Schobel is an energetic defensive end for unbeaten TCU, so far the Cinderella team of the 2003 college football season. He has a school-record 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
Smith is an anchor for an Ohio State defense that ranks third nationally in total defense. A 6-foot-4 senior, he is tied for fourth nationally in sacks with 9.5 and is expected to be a first or second round pick in the 2004 NFL draft.
Udeze is part of what many consider the top defensive line in college football. The 6-foot-4 junior has 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss for the 8-1 Trojans, who are ranked No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
On-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria that will be used to determine the award winner. The candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any recognized four-year NCAA member school (Division I through Division III).
Arizona State University defensive end Terrell Suggs, a first round pick in the 2003 National Football League draft, won the first Hendricks Award in 2002.
For more information on last year’s award including photos, see the Hall of Fame Players Association site at HOFPlayers.com/awards.html
Finalists 2003 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award®
Dave Ball, UCLA
Sr.., 6’6″ 268lbs.
9 games, 12.5 sacks, 16.5 TFL, 42 tackles
Dan Cody, Oklahoma University
Jr., 6’5″ 270lbs.
8 games, 8 sacks, 14TFL, 25 tackles
David Pollack, University of Georgia
Jr., 6’3″ 278lbs.
9 games, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 TFL, 62 tackles
Bo Schobel, TCU
Sr., 6’5″ 260lbs.
8 games, 10.5 sacks, 16 TFL, 34 tackles
Will Smith, Ohio State University
Sr., 6’4″ 250lbs.
9 games, 9.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL, 35 tackles
Kenechi Udeze, USC
Jr., 6’3″ 280lbs.
9 games, 10.5 sacks, 16 TFL, 37 tackles