MEMPHIS, Tenn–Martin Ifedi is one of 31 student-athletes named to the Preseason Watch List for the 13th edition of the Ted Hendricks Award.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first, three-time All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Hendricks 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.
Hendricks’ professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories (three with the Raiders and one with the Colts), eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
It is in the spirit of 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.
Already named to the watch lists of the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award, Ifedi will begin the 2014 season ranked seventh on NCAA FBS Football’s Active Career Total Sack and Solo Sack lists with 20 and 18, respectively.
Ifedi, who graduated from the University of Memphis in May, enters his senior year of eligibility on the verge of setting the school record for quarterback sacks. He ranks second all-time in sacks at Memphis with 20, one shy of the school record.
Last year he was named to the American Athletic Conference Team selected by the league’s coaches. He was also recognized as a member of the league’s inaugural All-Academic Football Team following the 2013 season.
Over his playing career, Ifedi has recorded 111 total tackles including 26.5 for lost yardage (-129 yards). He has forced four fumbles, recovered a fumble and broke up two passes at the line of scrimmage. Having played in all 36 games during his career after redshirting in 2010, Ifedi has started 22 games over his career including the Tigers’ last 21 contests.
In 2013, Ifedi led Memphis’ defensive linemen in tackles, finishing with 52 including 14.5 for lost yardage (-73 yards) and 11.5 quarterback sacks (-62 yards). The 11.5 sacks ranks second all-time in school history.