Thomas Keiser Added to Mid-Season Watch List for Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award

Sept. 25, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Thomas Keiser has been added to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, honoring the top player at that respective position in college football.

Keiser has 4.0 sacks on the year and is tied for first in the conference and seventh nationally in sacks-per-game with a 1.33 average. He also leads the Pac-10 in tackles-per-loss with a 2.17 per game average.

The addition of Keiser gives Stanford two players on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Senior Erik Lorig was included on the original preseason list of award candidates.

Now in its eighth season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first team All-American. Following a storied career at University of Miami, Fla., Hendricks went onto enjoy a 15-year professional career which included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames. It is in the spirit of Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award 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 recipient of the award. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included on the voting committee.

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