Dec. 2, 2008
Chicago, Ill. – Postseason accolades continue to pour in for Florida State football players. The latest is for dominant junior Everette Brown. On Tuesday the North Carolina native was named as one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award presented to the nation’s top defensive end. Brown was recently named a first team All-ACC selection.
Brown is currently third in the nation in sacks at 1.04 per game and his is fourth in the nation in tackles for loss at 1.71 per game. He is fifth in single season sacks in school history with 12.5 and his now second all-time at FSU with 45.5 career tackles for loss. In the history of the program only five players have more sacks in their career than Brown’s 22. He has been named a Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and he is a two-time ACC Player of the Week.
The final vote for 2008 Hendricks Award will be concluded on December 8th , and the winner will be announced December 10th. Previous award recipients include Terrell Suggs of Arizona State (2002), David Pollack of Georgia (2003, 04), Elvis Dumervil of Louisville (2005), LaMarr Woodley of Michigan (2006) and Chris Long of Virginia (2007).
JERRY HUGHES – TCU 6’2” 248 lbs JR
Hughes, who is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, leads the nation in sacks with 14. His 18½ tackles-for-loss put him in the top 10 nationally, and his six forced fumbles tie him for the NCAA lead. Hughes has 2 interceptions this year (one returned for a TD), and has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week three times. He leads a TCU defense that ranks second in total defense with 215.1 yards allowed per game. His highlight-game this season was against BYU, when he recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles.
JAMMIE KIRLEW – INDIANA 6’3” 264 lbs JR
Kirlew enjoyed a breakout season in 2008, gathering several school and conference honors. His 10½ sacks rank him second in the Big 10 Conference and in the top 10 nationally. His 19½ tackles-for-loss are fourth-best in the nation, and his 53 solo tackles lead all NCAA defensive linemen this season. Kirlew was also named first-team All Big Ten and IU’s Most Valuable Player. His highlight-game came against Penn State, when he recorded 11 tackles (5 solo) and a forced fumble. He registered three multiple-sack games in 2008.
AARON MAYBIN – PENN STATE 6’4” 236 lbs SO
The Ellicott City, MD native stepped into the starting role this season and recorded 12 sacks (4th best in the NCAA), 19 tackles-for-loss (6th) and three forced fumbles (two resulted in Penn State TDs). Maybin recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in every game this season. His 2008 highlight-game came against Wisconsin, when he recorded 3½ sacks and 6 total tackles. Maybin is also a finalist for the Bednarik Award.
BRIAN ORAKPO – TEXAS 6’4” 260 lbs SR
Orakpo is also a finalist for the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards, as well as the Lott Trophy. Additionally, he has been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. In 11 games this season, he has recorded 10½ sacks (6th best in NCAA), 18 tackles-for-loss (11th in NCAA), 27 QB pressures and four forced fumbles. His highlight-game came against Oklahoma, when he registered 2 sacks, 4 tackles-for-loss, 7 total tackles, 2 pressures and a forced fumble.
NICK REED – OREGON 6’2” 248 lbs SR
Reed was honored as the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Player this week, becoming just the second defensive player to receive the award in the last 21 years. He leads the nation in fumble recoveries with 5, is second in the NCAA with 13 sacks, and ranks fifth with 19½ tackles-for-loss. Reed is also a two-time first-team Academic All-American, who has maintained a 3.44 GPA as a History major. He topped his regular season off with a 3-sack performance last week against Oregon State.