Terrell Suggs Selected as One of Four Finalists for Hendricks Award

Nov. 12, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State junior defensive end Terrell Suggs was selected as one of four finalists for the inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Miami Touchdown Club announced today (Nov. 12). Suggs joins Michael Haynes of Penn State, Jerome McDougle of Miami (Fla.) and Cory Redding of Texas as the finalists for the honor to be presented at the end of the season.

Suggs recorded one sack in ASU's 55-38 loss to California Saturday to set the school record for single-season sacks at 19.5. A week prior, he broke the marks for the Pac-10 and the official NCAA count. The unofficial NCAA record of 24.5 is still within Suggs' reach this year.

In his 11 games, he has totaled 55 tackles (31 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, 1 interception and 5 forced fumbles. Suggs was named CNNSI Mid-Season First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Defensive Player for the week of Oct. 28th.

Off the field, Suggs is a secondary education (history) major who regularly reads to elementary school children and gives motivational speeches at local community high schools.

The committee, made up of 45 coaches, national media and sports information directors, selected the four finalists. Their decisions were based upon on-field performance, leadership activities, and contributions to school and community.

Here are the other 2002 Hendricks Award Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Michael Haynes, Penn State University, 6'3', 270 lbs., Senior; - 10 games, 68 tackles, 46 solos; 19 tackles for loss of 122 yards, 12.5 sacks for 109 yards; 4 passes broken up; 1 fumble recovery for 12 yards; 6 forced fumbles. Named CNNSI Mid-Season First Team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 23rd. Haynes is an animal science major, who is considering a career as a veterinarian. He has done an internship at Reptiland in Allenwood, Penn., and regularly visits local elementary school and speaks with and reads to children.

Jerome McDougle, University of Miami (FL), 6'4', 271 lbs., Senior; - 8 Games played, 35 tackles, 20 solos; 5.5 tackles for losses of 32 yards, 4 sacks for 31 yards; 3 passes broken up, 17 QB hurries. McDougle is a criminology major who is on track to earn his bachelor's degree in May, 2003. McDougle serves as a mentor for young football players for the annual Duane Starks Foundation Football Clinic and was a motivational speaker for the 2001 South Florida High School All-Star Game. He has also volunteered with UM's Canes On Patrol program, a partnership with the Broward County Sheriffs Department.

Cory Redding, University of Texas 6'5', 270 lbs., Senior; - 54 tackles, 38 solos; 16 tackles for losses of 61 yards, 15.5 sacks for 42 yards, 30 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass broken up. Redding is a youth and community studies major. Redding serves as a mentor and regularly speaks at local elementary and middle schools throughout the year. He has also volunteered at the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

The Sun Devils take to the road this weekend with a trip to No. 8 USC. The game, carried nationally by TBS, will be broadcast at 5 p.m. locally.

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