Pitt’s Joe Clermond has been named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, named for college football’s first three-time, first-team All-American.
Clermond is one of 27 players nominated for the award. Semifinalists will be announced in early November and as many as five finalists will be named Nov. 26. The winner will be determined Dec. 6, with a formal presentation next March at the Hendricks Award Gala.
This is the third watch list to which Clermond has been named, along with the Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound fifth-year senior from Tampa led the Big East Conference with 16.5 tackles for loss and ranked 15th nationally with 1.38 per game last season. He also tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks.
Past Hendricks Award winners include Arizona State’s Terrell Suggs, Georgia’s David Pollack, Louisville’s Elvis Dumervil and Michigan’s LaMar Woodley, the Steelers’ second-round draft pick.