CHICAGO--Arizona senior football player Louis Holmes has been named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Hendricks Foundation announced today.
Previous recipients include some of the nationˇ?s premier edge rushers in Terrell Suggs of Arizona State, David Pollack of Georgia, Elvis Dumervil of Louisville and LaMarr Woodley of Michigan last year.
Holmes was a second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in his first season at UA in 2006 after arriving in August as a junior college transfer. He had 36 tackles, four sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one, plus knocked down three passes. He is one of two Pac-10 players on the watch list along with USCˇ?s Lawrence Jackson.
He joins Arizona senior cornerback Antoine Cason as a top candidate for 2007 honors. Cason has been named to the Ronnie Lott and Bronko Nagurski defensive player awards lists and is expected to re-emerge as a leading contender for the Jim Thorpe Award, for which he was a semifinalist as a junior.
UA defensive ends coach Joe Robinson said, ˇ?The fact Louis received this early notoriety is indicative of the direction of our program and where Louis is headed as a football player. He has a lot of football ahead of him,ˇ± he said. ˇ?We see him improving every day and are excited about what weˇ?ll see him do on the field this fall and as a senior leader for us,ˇ± Robinson said. "His potential is boundless."
The Hendricks award is named in honor of college footballˇ?s first three-time first team All American at Miami and eventual All-Pro star who was on four Super Bowl champion NFL teams (one with the Colts and three with the Raiders) and later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hendricksˇ? aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determined effort are qualities the foundation looks for in recipients. Leadership abilities and contributions to school and community, and academic preparedness are other criteria used to determine the awardˇ?s winner.
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are ?included in the 125 members of the award voting committee. Semifinalists will be announced in early November and up to five finalists announced Nov. 26. The Hendricks Award announcement will be on Dec. 6, with the formal presentation made at the Hendricks Award Gala in March 2008.
Other candidates may emerge after the start of the season. This yearˇ?s preseason candidates are:
Tommy Blake, TCU SR, 6ˇ?3ˇ± 260
Ben Calderwood, Utah State JR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 268
Calais Campbell, Miami JR, 6ˇ?8ˇ± 280
Ian Campbell, Kansas State JR, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 240
Joe Clermond, PITT SR, 6ˇ?3ˇ± 260
Tyler Clutts, Fresno State SR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 245
Bruce Davis, UCLA SR, 6ˇ?3ˇ± 230
Larry English, Northern Illinois JR, 6ˇ?3ˇ± 255
Vernon Gholston, Ohio State JR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 265
Wallace Gilberry, Alabama SR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 265
Quentin Groves, Auburn SR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 255
Chris Harrington, Texas A&M SR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 245
Derrick Harvey, Florida SO, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 235
Louis Holmes, Arizona SR, 6ˇ?6ˇ± 265
Phillip Hunt, Houston JR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 250
Lawrence Jackson, USC JR, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 265
Tyson Jackson, LSU JR, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 295
Tavares Jones, Middle Tennessee St. SR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 242
Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb SR, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 280
Nick Larkin, Boston College SR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 250
Chris Long, Virginia SR, 6ˇ?4ˇ± 278
Jameel McClain, Syracuse SR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 248
Albert McClellan, Marshall JR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 210
Jesse Nading, Colorado State SR, 6ˇ?5ˇ± 258
Chase Ortiz, TCU SR, 6ˇ?3ˇ± 255
Nathan Peterson, Oklahoma State SR, 6ˇ?2ˇ± 240
Mat Shaugnessey, Wisconsin JR, 6ˇ?6ˇ± 250