Ifedi on Updated Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
Nov. 19, 2013
Junior defensive end Martin Ifedi, who is on the cusp of establishing new career and season quarterback sacks records at the University of Memphis, has been named to the updated Mid-Season Watch List for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award.
With three weeks left of the college regular season, 24 student-athletes are on the list which will stay open to additions and deletions until the award's selection committee completes its first vote on Nov. 25. Final ballots will be sent to the selection committee the week of Dec. 2.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first, three-time All-America selection. Hendricks played collegiately at Miami and went on to have an NFL career which spanned 15 years and included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
It is in Hendricks' aggressive style of playing, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier player at the position 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.
With three games to play, Ifedi ranks fifth on the Memphis season chart in season quarterback sacks with 10.5. His 19 career sacks ranks third all-time. With three more sacks, Ifedi will become the school record holder in both categories.
The Houston native ranks second nationally in quarterback sacks per game (1.2 pg) and 12th in tackles for lost yardage (1.5 pg). He is tied for fourth on the Memphis team with 41 total tackles (23 solo hits). He has recorded at least one sack in all but two games this season for the Tigers.
Also on Tuesday, Memphis junior cornerback Bobby McCain was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's Defensive Player of the Week. McCain, who tied a Memphis record by intercepting three passes in the Tigers' win at USF on Saturday, became the second Tiger in as many weeks to be honored by the TSWA.
The Tigers, winners of their last two games, continue a two-game road swing Saturday, traveling to No. 21 Louisville. Saturday's game is set for an 11 a.m. Central kickoff and is The American Game of the Week.
The ESPN Regional broadcast will be seen locally on Comcast Cable 30 in most area households as well as available of a variety of other affiliates nationwide including nationally on SNY (DirecTV channel 639) and MASN (DirecTV channel 640). The game is also available online at ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Also announced this week are television times for the final two games of the season.
The Nov. 30 home game against Temple will kickoff at 11 a.m. Central Time and will be televised by ESPNews.
The Dec. 7 road game at UConn will kickoff at 12 Noon Central/1 p.m. Eastern and will be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.