Kirlew on Hendricks Award watch list

From Indiana media relations:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana defensive end Jammie Kirlew is on the Watch List for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Thursday. Kirlew, one of six finalists for the honor in 2008, is one of 30 preseason candidates.

Now in its eighth 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.

Kirlew was selected first team All-Big Ten by Lindy’s preseason magazine and Sporting News and preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports. He is also rated the eighth-best defensive end in the country by Lindy’s.

The Orlando native earned first team All-Big Ten from the conference media and second team by the league’s coaches and collected honorable mention All-American honors last season. He also secured second team All-Big Ten and received the team’s Anthony Thompson MVP Award, outstanding defensive lineman award and defensive player of the year honors.

Kirlew finished the 2008 campaign with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, both ranked fourth on Indiana’s single-season list. Additionally he was second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in sacks and third in the league and sixth nationally in tackles for loss.

Along with teammate and bookend on the defensive line, Greg Middleton, the duo owns 36.5 career sacks between them (Kirlew, 16.5), the highest total for a tandem in the country.

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.

Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award include: Terrell Suggs (Arizona State), David Pollack (Georgia), Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), LaMarr Woodley (Michigan), Chris Long (Virginia) and Brian Orakpo (Texas).