Campbell Named to Hendricks Award Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State defensive end Ian Campbell was one of just five Big 12 defensive ends named to the 2008 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List Monday as the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced its preseason list of 36 candidates.

Campbell, the only returning two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection in the league this season, enters his senior year as one of the top defensive linemen in school history and currently has 16.0 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons.

The Cimarron native, who is also a two-time team captain and Bednarik and Nagurski Award candidate, tied the single-season school record with 11.5 sacks in 2006 and currently needs just two more sacks to move into seventh place on the K-State career list.

Last season, Campbell totaled 45 tackles, including a team-best 11 tackles for loss and a Big 12-best four fumble recoveries. The preseason All-America and defensive player of the year candidate also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception, in which he returned for a score in a win at No. 7 Texas.

The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year 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.

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.

Campbell and the Wildcats will participate in the annual Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday in Kansas City before opening practice on August 4.