Slippery Rock's Marcus Martin becomes first Hendricks Award finalist from Division II
Slippery Rock senior Marcus Martin made more history Friday when he became the first NCAA Division II player to be named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the best defensive end in college football.
The other four finalists are N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Clemson's Clelin Ferrell and Northern Illinois' Sutton Smith. The winner will be announced Wednesday.
Martin, a West Mifflin graduate, led the nation with 15 1⁄2 sacks and 26 1⁄2 tackles for loss this season and broke the all-divisions career record with 56 sacks.
He won the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year and is one of the 13 finalists across all divisions for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is the equivalent of the Academic Heisman Trophy.
Alabama's Jonathan Allen won the Hendricks Award last season, and previous winners include Terrell Suggs, LaMarr Woodley and Jadeveon Clowney.