Just when you thought the watch list danger had dissipated… BAM!!!
The latest (last?) to release its preseason watch list is the Hendricks Award, given annually since 2002 to the nation’s top defensive end. This year, a mere 29 players made the initial cut.
Included in that group is Clemson’s Vic Beasley, who was a finalists for last year’s award won by Jackson Jeffcoat. Nebraska’s Randy Gregory, Baylor’s Shawn Oakman, Memphis’ Martin Ifedi,Louisville’s Lorenzo Mauldin, Kansas State Ryan Mueller, Texas Cedric Reed and USC’s Leonard Williams were all on last year’s midseason watch list.
The SEC led all conferences with six, followed by the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 with four apiece, and the Mountain West and Pac-12 with three each. Two FCS teams were represented — Montana and Southern Utah.
Below is the complete watch list for the 2014 Hendricks Award.