FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas senior defensive end Chris Smith has been named to the midseason watch list for the Hendricks Award, it was announced Monday.
Smith is one of 18 defensive ends and one of three from the SEC included on the midseason watch list. So far this season he has 30 tackles, 10.5 for loss with 7.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. His sacks total ranks second in the SEC and tied for 13th in the NCAA and is the 10th-highest single-season total in school history. Smith also ranks fourth in the conference and tied for 10th in the nation with 61 sack yards, and his 67 tackles for loss yards are fourth in the SEC and tied for 16th in the country. He ranks fifth on Arkansas’ career sacks list with 20.5 and 17th on the school’s career tackles for loss list with 29.5.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American, who was a defensive end at the University of Miami from 1966-68. His professional career spanned 15 years and included appearances in 215 straight games. He helped his teams to four Super Bowl victories, was named to eight Pro Bowls and inducted into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Hendricks Award winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the voting committee. The committee will narrow the list of candidates, which is subject to change, to 4-6 finalists with a vote Nov. 25. The 2013 Hendricks Award winner will be announced Dec. 11.
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