Tech's Enemkpali named to Hendricks Award watch list
CHICAGO — Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali was named to the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Monday.
A 2012 All-Western Athletic Conference First Team honoree, Enemkpali registered 32 total tackles last season with a team-leading 7.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards, including a team-best six sacks for a loss of 46 yards. He also was credited with a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Hendricks used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played.
Hendricks’ professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions 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 award’s winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the award’s voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (Freshman through Senior) as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school. The candidate’s primary position must be defensive end.
The 2013 winner will be announced Dec. 11.