Dupree named to Hendricks Watch List

Alvin "Bud" Dupree has earned a spot on another prestigious national award watch list.

The Wildcats' senior defensive end was on Tuesday announced as a candidate for the Ted Hendricks Award honoring the nation's top player at his position.

Dupree was previously placed on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award. Both honor the nation's top overall defensive player.

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The Irwinton, Ga., native led all SEC defensive linemen with 61 tackles in 2013. He finished his junior season with a team high 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Dupree has recorded 24.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in his career with the Wildcats.

Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award include: 2002 - Terrell Suggs (Arizona State), 2003-04 - David Pollack (Georgia), 2005 - Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), 2006 - LaMarr Woodley (Michigan), 2007 - Chris Long (Virginia), 2008 - Brian Orakpo (Texas), 2009 - Jerry Hughes (TCU), 2010 – Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson), 2011 – Whitney Mercilus (Illinois), 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) and 2013 – Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas).

The Hendricks Award voting committee will cast two votes: one to narrow the list of candidates to 4-6 finalists, and one to choose the winner. The final midseason watch list will be announced in late November and the 2014 winner will be announced on Dec. 10.

It is named for the College and Pro Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks, who starred at the University of Miami and for the NFL's Oakland Raiders in the 1970s and early 80s.

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