Dumervil, who hails from Miami, Fla. has had a remarkable season, and is only four sacks away from breaking Terrell Suggs' NCAA record for sacks in a season (24). Suggs was the 2002 winner of the Hendricks Award. At just 6-feet tall and 250-pounds, Dumervil appears to be the single most destructive defensive end in college football, registering 21 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss, an interception, three passes batted down and a Big East record eight forced fumbles.
Dumervil leads NCAA Division 1-A in sacks, tackles for a loss and forced fumbles. Beyond sacks and forced fumbles, Dumervil leads Louisville with 51 total tackles and has forced opponents into 159 yards of losses in just seven games.
Commenting on the finalists, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Ted Hendricks said, "This year's vote for the finalists was very close with six outstanding defensive ends rising to the top. They all have had fine years and I can't wait to watch them through the end of their season."
Including Dumervil, the other finalists are Mississippi State's Willie Evans, Penn State University's Tamba Hali, Boston College's Mathias Kiwanuka, Rutgers University's Ryan Neill, and Virginia Tech's Darryl Tapp.
The Hendricks Award winner will be announced during the final week of the bowl season.
For more information on last year's award including photos, see the Hall of Fame Players Association site at HOFPlayers.com/awards.html
Finalists 2005 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award®
Final balloting will occur the week of December 5. Winner announced during the last week of the bowl game schedule.