Bruce Irvin recorded 14 sacks and had 21 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as a pass rush specialist this year. He is expected to have a larger role in West Virginia's defense in 2011.
Now in its tenth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first team All-American. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier defensive end is presented.
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.
Additional candidates may be added until the Final Mid-Season Watch List is issued in November. Players may be added or deleted, depending on performance, injury, etc. The 2011 winner will be announced on December 7.