2018 Ted Hendricks Award


On-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria used to determine the award winner. The candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any recognized four-year NCAA member school (Division I through Division III).

The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of University of Miami three-time Collegiate All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks.

Who Votes?

Leading college coaches, former players and coaches, media members and pro football personnel professionals vote in the selection process.



Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson Tigers

With his selection by the AP, Ferrell also became Clemson’s first two-time, first-team AP All-American since Terry Kinard (1981-82).
Image: Clemson Athletics

Ferrell was a consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year; first-team All-ACC; and unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection and earned AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The junior passing rusher from Richmond, Va., entered bowl season credited with 45 tackles, including 17 for loss; 10.5 sacks; three pass breakups; two forced fumbles; and a fumble recovered for a touchdown.

Ferrell started all 13 games and played 578 snaps in the regular season. In week two against Texas A&M, he recorded two sacks and one tackle for loss, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and collecting a team defensive player of the week award. In week four, he scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone at Georgia Tech.

In his three-year career, he has 47.5 tackles for loss, eighth most in Tiger history, and 26 sacks, fifth most in school history.


The 2018 Ted Hendricks Award finalists included:

  • Josh Allen – Jack Kentucky, senior
  • Clemson – DE Clelin Farrell, junior
  • Louisiana Tech – DE Jaylon Ferguson, senior
  • Northern Illinois – DE Sutton Smith, junior


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