Hekking Named to Hendricks Award Watch List

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RENO, Nev. - Nevada senior defensive end Brock Hekking has been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, the selection committee for the award has announced.

This is the second straight year that Hekking has been on the watch list for the award, which is given annually to the nation's top defensive end.

Hekking, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior from Vacaville, Calif., is a two-time All-Mountain West honoree. He is seventh among returning players in career sacks with 17.0. Entering his senior season, he ranks eighth (tackles for loss, 24.5) and sixth (sacks, 17.0) on Nevada's career charts.

Hekking, who was a first-team All-MW selection in 2013, is also on preseason watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. Last month, he was named to the preseason All-MW team.

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. 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.