Eligibility for the award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches.
Hypolite will be a senior in 2008. Originally recruited as a fullback, Hypolite found his way on to the field as a true freshman defensive tackle in 2005, and has been a defensive anchor for the Buffaloes the past two seasons.
In 2007, Hypolite led the Buffs with six sacks, and also had 5 tackles for loss and 44 total tackles.