Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rutgers' Freeney named to Hendricks Watch List

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 10, 2010)  – Rutgers senior defensive end Jonathan Freeny (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. 

Freeny enters his first year as a starter in 2010 after becoming one of the most effective pass rushers in the BIG EAST as a junior in 2009. The Florida native finished last season with 33 tackles, including 12 for loss and a team-leading 9.5 sacks.
Freeny ranked 28th nationally and third in the BIG EAST with 0.73 sacks per game. For his career, Freeny has totaled 10.5 sacks in 34 career games.

Now in its ninth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American.  As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Ted used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs.  He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played.  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.  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.

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