With all of the hullabaloo — is that still considered a word? — surrounding the coaching situation at Florida, we missed a couple of stories that deserve to be hit on at least briefly, so we’ll commence the process now. Before we’re inundated yet again with (insert name here)-to-Gators rumors.
One day after being recognized as the 2010 winner of the Nagurski Award, and a week after taking home ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, Da’Quan Bowers will be forced to clear even more room in his trophy case as the Clemson defensive end grabbing the 2010 Ted Hendricks Award.
This hardware is named in honor of the former Oakland Raiders great and is given to the nation’s outstanding defensive end.
“This is another great honor for Da’Quan,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “He is on his way to becoming the most decorated Clemson football player in history. Winning the Nagurski Award on Monday night was very special. I was pleased to be a part of that as the keynote speaker at that banquet. And now he has won the Hendricks Award as the top defensive end, another great national honor named after a legendary player.”
Bowers leads the nation with 15.5 sacks and is second in tackles for loss with 25.
Even given his already impressive postseason haul, Bowers might not be done; the junior is also a finalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik awards.
(Writer’s note: so as to ensure that no more unmentionables on The Plains get all wadded up, we did note HERE that Auburn’s Nick Fairley won the Lombardi Award Wednesday night.)