CHICAGO, Ill. – Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year DeMarcus Walker is one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive end. The winner will be announced December 7 by the Ted Hendricks Foundation.
Walker leads the nation in sacks with 15, and leads Florida State with 64 tackles, looking to become the first Seminole defensive lineman in 20 seasons to lead the team in tackles (Reinard Wilson, 1996). Walker also forced three fumbles and recovered two, both against No. 15 Florida in the regular season finale last weekend. With FSU’s 31-13 win over the Gators, Walker and his senior classmates became the first group of Seminoles to go a perfect 8-0 against in-state rivals Miami and Florida.
Walker opened his final season with the Noles earning national player of the week honors after recording 4.5 sacks against No. 11 Ole Miss, all in the second half, as FSU rallied for a 45-34 win in Orlando. He went on to record multiple sacks against Wake Forest, NC State, Syracuse, and Florida. Against the Gators, he recovered two fumbles, the first two fumble recoveries of his career and the first Seminole with two in a game since Xavier Rhodes in 2010, also against Florida.
Walker was the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week against Ole Miss and NC State and was named First Team All-ACC on Monday.
Walker’s most significant play may have been his blocked extra point in the final minutes at No. 10 Miami, securing Florida State’s 20-19 win over the Hurricanes, the seventh in a row in the series for the Seminoles.
2016 Ted Hendricks Award Finalists
Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Hunter Dimick, Utah
Harold Landry, Boston College
Ejuan Price, Pitt
DeMarcus Walker, FSU