CHICAGO, IL – University of Louisville defensive ends Marcus Smith and Lorenzo Mauldin were named to the Mid-Season Watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award, the organization announced Monday. A total of 18 players have earned spots with just a few weeks to go in the season.
Smith and Mauldin have been dominant defensive players on one of the nation’s top defensive units in the country. The Cardinals are leading the country in scoring defense, and are second in total defense and rushing defense. Louisville and Texas are the only two schools with a pair of players on the award that honors the nation’s top defensive ends.
Smith took over as the nation’s sack leader this week after recording 2.5 sacks in a 31-10 win over Connecticut to give him 10.5 this year. He has 7.5 sacks in the last four games, including a career-high 3.0 against Rutgers.
Starting all nine games for the 8-1 Cardinals, Smith also has 27 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. He also has forced two fumbles, recovered two and blocked a kick.
Mauldin has put together great numbers in his second year as a starter. The Atlanta, Ga., native has 7.5 sacks, which ranks 15th in the country. He also owns 9.5 tackles for loss and has forced three fumbles in nine starts for Louisville.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Ted 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. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks’ aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award Award for college football’s premier defensive end is presented.