Adibi a Semifinalist for Hendricks Award
Junior one of 10 who make the cut
October 24, 2002

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Touchdown Club announced its inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Semifinalists List Thursday afternoon, narrowing the list to 10 candidates. The Hendricks Award will be presented at the conclusion of the football season to the best collegiate defensive end in the country. A prominent committee of more than 40 coaches, national media, and sports information directors has selected this semifinalist list.

Virginia Tech junior Nathaniel Adibi was one of the 10 semifinalists on the list. The Hampton native is having his best year yet, recording 19 solo stops, four assists, nine tackles for loss, two pass breakups, 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a career-high seven sacks.

On-field performance, leadership abilities, and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria that will be used to determine the award's winner. The candidates may be from any class (freshmen through senior) as well as from any recognized four-year NCAA accredited school (Division I through Division III). The candidate's primary position must be defensive end. Defensive ends that shift along the line are eligible.

The list of the 10 semifinalists is as follows:

Nathaniel Adibi, Virginia Tech
Michael Haynes, Penn State
Alonzo Jackson, Florida State
Jerome McDougle, Miami (Fla.)
Kindal Moorehead, Alabama
Cory Redding, Texas
Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
DeWayne White, Louisville
Jimmy Wilkerson, Oklahoma
Andrew Williams, Miami (Fla.)