Dumervil Semifinalist for Hendricks Award

Dumervil leads the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles

Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil of the University of Louisville was one of the six semifinalists for the 2005 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

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®

  • Elvis Dumervil, Louisville Sr., 6'0" 256lbs. 8 games, 51 tackles, 23 TFL, 21 sacks
  • Willie Evans, Mississippi State Sr., 6'2" 270lbs. 9 games, 47 tackles, 18 TFL, 14 sacks
  • Tamba Hali, Penn State University Sr., 6'3" 267lbs. 10 games, 54 tackles, 16 TFL, 11 sacks
  • Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College Sr., 6'7" 262lbs. 9 games, 32 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 sacks
  • Ryan Neill, Rutgers University Sr., 6'2" 262lbs. 9 games, 57 tackles, 25 TFL, 10 sacks
  • Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech Sr., 6'1" 268lbs. 9 games, 32 tackles, 6 TFL, 5 sacks
  • Final balloting will occur the week of December 5. Winner announced during the last week of the bowl game schedule.

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