Ryan Mueller of Kansas State and Texas’ Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed are among those named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which each season honors the best defensive end in college football.
Mueller, a junior defensive end, is one of the emotional and physical leaders on the Kansas State defense this season. He is the nation’s leader in quarterback sacks this year with 10.5 and is just one shy of tying the school record. He is a two-time honoree the season as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Jeffcoat, the only senior of the three, is tied for second in the Big 12 and tied for 21st in the country, averaging 0.78 sacks per game. He ranks fifth on the all-time FBS list for career sacks.
Jeffcoat’s Texas teammate Reed also is averaging 0.78 sacks per game this season, and he is second on the Longhorns’ defensive unit with 61 tackles and 13 for a loss. Reed leads the Big 12 and is fourth in the FBS this season with four forced fumble recoveries.
The criteria used in selecting candidates for the Hendrick Award are on-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions in school and academic preparedness.
The Hendricks Award selection committee will complete its first vote, which will narrow down the candidates, on Nov. 25.