Adibi, Colas on Hendricks Award Watch List
Award goes to nation's top defensive end
August 4, 2003

Virginia Tech seniors Nathaniel Adibi and Cols Colas are among a group of 29 players on the second annual Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, it was announced. The Hendricks Award will be presented at the conclusion of the football season to the best collegiate defensive end in the country. The watch list was selected by a prominent committee of coaches, national media, and sports information directors. Both Adibi and Colas were on last year's watch list with Adibi going on to be named a semifinalist.

On-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria that will be 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 candidate's primary position must be defensive end.

During its inaugural year in 2002, the award was presented to Terrell Suggs of Arizona State University. Suggs, a first round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, recorded NCAA records of 13 career multi-sack games, finishing with 24 sacks for the season.

2003 HENDRICKS AWARD CANDIDATES

Nathaniel Adibi, Virginia Tech, Sr.
Chad Lavalis, LSU, Sr.
Adrian Awasom, North Texas, Jr.
Antwan Odom, Alabama, Jr.
Jason Babin, Western Michigan, Sr.
Omar Nazel, USC, Sr.
Dave Ball, UCLA, Sr.
Shaun Phillips, Purdue, Sr.
Isaac Brown, Washington State, Sr.
David Pollack, Georgia, Jr.
Cols Colas, Virginia Tech, Sr.
Matt Roth, Iowa, Jr.
Trent Cole, Cincinnati, Jr.
Bo Schobel, TCU, Sr.
Kevin Emanuel, Florida State, Sr.
Andrew Shull, Kansas State, Sr.
Simon Fraser, Ohio State, Jr.
Will Smith, Ohio State, Sr.
Parys Haralson, Tennessee, So.
Derrick Strong, Illinois, Sr.
Claude Harriott, Pittsburgh, Sr.
Reggie Torbor, Auburn, Sr.
Marques Harris, Colorado, Sr.
Justin Tuck, Notre Dame, Jr.
Howard Hodges, Iowa, Sr.
Kenehi Udeze, USC, Jr.
Jonathan Jackson, Oklahoma, Jr.
Mario Williams, NC State, Fr.
Jason Kaufusi, Utah, Sr.