CHICAGO -- Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has been named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks award, which is given annually to the top defensive end in college football.
After a breakout sophomore year, Beasley backed it up with an ACC-leading 12 sacks in 2013, leading the country for much of the season. The first-team all-conference player has gone from off the board to a projected first-round NFL draft pick next April. The Adairsville, Ga. native hasn't declared for the draft yet.
He joins Jeff Jeffcoat of Texas, Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Brad Daly of Montana State, Michael Sam of Missouri and Marcus Smith of Louisville.
On-field performance, leadership ability and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria used to determine the award winner. The candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any recognized four-year NCAA member school (Division I through Division III).
The award is named in honor of University of Miami three-time Collegiate All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks.
Current college coaches, former players and coaches, media members and pro football personnel professionals vote in the selection process. The final vote for 2013 Hendricks Award will be concluded on December 10th, and the winner will be announced December 11th. This year's winner will be honored in the spring of 2014 at a time and place to be determined.
Previous Award winners include: 2002 - Terrell Suggs (Arizona State), 2003-04 - David Pollack (Georgia), 2005 - Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), 2006 - LaMarr Woodley (Michigan), 2007 - Chris Long (Virginia), 2008 - Brian Orakpo (Texas), 2009 - Jerry Hughes (TCU), 2010 – Da'Quan Bowers (Clemson), 2011 – Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) and 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina).