Jones named to Ted Hendricks Watch List

Jones one of just 27 selected

July 6, 2007 · MT Media Relations

Murfreesboro - The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year watch list has been announced and Middle Tennessee's Tavares Jones is among the 27 players selected nationally.

Jones, who is also on the Rotary Lombardi Watch List, is coming off a career season for the Blue Raiders where he earned first team all-conference honors. Jones started all 13 games in 2006 in helping Middle Tennessee to a bowl berth and a league title by collecting 38 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 quarterback sacks.

The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first team All American. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and induction into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier defensive end is presented.

On field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the award's winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the 125 members of the award voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (Freshman through Senior) as well as any recognized four-year NCAA accredited school. The candidate's primary position must be Defensive End. This year's preseason candidates include, but are not limited to the following players:

Tommy Blake, TCU SR, 6'3" 260
Ben Calderwood, Utah State JR, 6'2" 268
Calais Campbell, Miami JR, 6'8" 280
Ian Campbell, Kansas State JR, 6'5" 240
Joe Clermond, PITT SR, 6'3" 260
Tyler Clutts, Fresno State SR, 6'2" 245
Bruce Davis, UCLA SR, 6'3" 230
Larry English, Northern Illinois JR, 6'3" 255
Vernon Gholston, Ohio State JR, 6'4" 265
Wallace Gilberry, Alabama SR, 6'4" 265
Quentin Groves, Auburn SR, 6'4" 255
Chris Harrington, Texas A&M SR, 6'4" 245
Derrick Harvey, Florida SO, 6'5" 235
Louis Holmes, Arizona SR, 6'6" 265
Phillip Hunt, Houston JR, 6'2" 250
Lawrence Jackson, USC JR, 6'5" 265
Tyson Jackson, LSU JR, 6'5" 295
Tavares Jones, Middle Tennessee St. SR, 6'2" 242
Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb SR, 6'5" 280
Nick Larkin, Boston College SR, 6'4" 250
Chris Long, Virginia SR, 6'4" 278
Jameel McClain, Syracuse SR, 6'2" 248
Albert McClellan, Marshall JR, 6'2" 210
Jesse Nading, Colorado State SR, 6'5" 258
Chase Ortiz, TCU SR, 6'3" 255
Nathan Peterson, Oklahoma State SR, 6'2" 240
Mat Shaugnessey, Wisconsin JR, 6'6" 250

Blue Raider Preseason Honors (as of July 6)
FWAA All-America Checklist: Franklin Dunbar, Damon Nickson
Outland Trophy Watch List: Franklin Dunbar
Rotary Lombardi Watch List: Erik Walden, Tavares Jones
Blue Ribbon Yearbook Preseason All-SBC Team: Franklin Dunbar, Damon Nickson (Defensive Player of Year), Erik Walden, Tavares Jones, Desmond Gee
Street & Smith's Preseason All-SBC Team: Franklin Dunbar, Damon Nickson, Tavares Jones, Erik Walden
Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Watch List: Tavares Jones
CBSSportsLine.com All-SBC: Franklin Dunbar, Tavares Jones, Erik Walden, Damon Nickson (Return Specialist and 2nd Team All-American as a returner)
Scout All-SBC: Franklin Dunbar, Brandon Nix, Damon Nickson, Tavares Jones, Erik Walden

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