KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- Tennessee senior Chris Walker finds himself among 36 preseason candidates for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, as presented by the Ted Hendricks Foundation in Chicago.
Walker battled injuries throughout last season but still paced the Vols in sacks and tied for the team lead in interceptions. None was bigger than his pick-six against Ohio, and the Memphis native also had an interception against Georgia. Walker finished the season with 42 tackles from his end position, including a season-high seven at Florida.
Now in its ninth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-America player. As a defensive end at Miami, Hendricks used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football halls of fame.
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 voting committee.
Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award are: 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); and 2009, Jerry Hughes (TCU).