Wyoming junior defensive end Carl Granderson has been named to the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. Granderson was one of 27 players on the list, from which four to six finalists will be selected. A winner for the 2017 award will be announced Dec. 6.
Granderson finished the 2017 regular season with 72 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, 15.0 tackles for losses, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and one safety. He leads the Mountain West in tackles for loss and sacks per game, and leads all defensive linemen in the conference with 6.0 tackles per game. He is tied for 18th in the country in sacks per game (0.71) and tied for 29th nationally in tackles per loss per game (1.3).
The Ted Hendricks Award is named for three-time all-American of the same name who played for Miami before spending 15 seasons in the NFL. Hendricks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. The award, voted on by by national media members, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners of the award, is in its 16th year. Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won the award last season.