2017 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
2017 Preseason Third Team All-SEC (Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports)
2017 Preseason Fourth Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
2016 Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team
2016 (FRESHMAN): Played all 13 games with starts in each of the last five … Tied for second among SEC freshmen in sacks (2.5) and fifth in tackles for loss (5.5) … Contributed 27 tackles, including eight solo stops … Had two quarterback hurries … Made a tackle in 10 games … Recorded at least one-half tackle for loss in seven games and at least one-half sack in three games … at No. 15 TCU (Sept. 10): Leveled quarterback Kenny Hill for his first career sack on a third down to end a TCU drive late in the third quarter … Finished with four tackles …. vs. Alcorn State (Oct. 1): Logged a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss … Made a tackle for a loss of four yards with Taiwan Johnson on second down of the Braves’ first drive of the second quarter … Booked a solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage on the next play of the drive to set up a third-and-long … vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Oct. 15): Set up a third-and-nine situation when he combined for a sack of quarterback Chad Kelly on Ole Miss’ second drive of the third quarter … vs. No. 11 Florida (Nov. 5): Chipped in three tackles, including one-half for loss, in his first start at defensive tackle … Forced an incompletion with a quarterback hurry on Florida’s second possession … vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 19): Had a season-high seven tackles with one-half tackle for loss … at Missouri (Nov. 25): Recorded a sack for a loss of five yards on Missouri’s first drive of the third quarter … vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech (Dec. 29): Notched two tackles, including one-half for loss in the first half.
HIGH SCHOOL: An early enrollee who earned a five-star rating from 247Sports and a four-star rating from ESPN, Rivals and Scout … Tabbed the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … Ranked the No. 11 overall player in the country by ESPN, the No. 18 overall by 247Sports, the No. 44 overall by Scout and the No. 50 overall by Rivals … Pegged as the No. 2 defensive end prospect by 247Sports, the No. 3 defensive end prospect by ESPN and the No. 7 defensive end prospect by Scout … Four-star ESPN ranking came with a grade of 89 … Has been clocked at 4.59 in the 40-yard dash … Practiced with Arkansas in January before taking part in Under Armour All-America game … 2015 ALL-USA Arkansas Football Defensive Player of the Year … Three-time all-state selection … Named the 2015 Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year and Hooten’s Arkansas Football Farm Bureau Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year … Chosen as the 5A South Outstanding Lineman and Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month for November … Named the 2015 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Defensive Player of the Year … Selected to the MaxPreps 2015 Football Medium Schools All-America first team … Garnered MaxPreps 2015 Football All-America second team honors … Earned the prestigious 2015 Paul Eells award, given annually to an Arkansas high school football player who best exhibits perseverance, determination, courage and resolve in the face of adversity … As a senior, tallied 77 tackles, including 13 for loss, 24 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, and nine pass breakups to help Hope to a 9-3 record and the Class 5A quarterfinals under head coach Jay Turley … Also rushed for 184 yards and eight touchdowns on 21 carries, caught eight passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and averaged 50 yards on seven kickoff returns … Participated in The Opening at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, which is considered the most prestigious summer showcase for high school football prospects … Recorded 72 tackles, 22 sacks, 13 pass knockdowns, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior … Named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 after recording 77 tackles, including 32 for loss and 16 sacks … Also a two-time defending state shot put champ … Ran an 11.6 second 100-meters in the 2015 state district track meet … Chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington State and others.
PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 25, 1997 … Son of Deanna Giddens, who is a nurse … Aunt Jayme Dunnings is also a nurse … Has two sisters, Dominecia and Taneka … Recreation and sport management major.