STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - Press release from Mississippi State.
Senior Montez Sweat earned another preseason honor on Monday morning as the Mississippi State defensive end was selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List.
This selection marks the third watch list over the preseason to feature Sweat's name as he was also selected to the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists. The Ted Hendricks Award will announce its final watch list prior to its first ballot in November. The award winner will be announced on Dec. 12.
Sweat collected a league-best 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in his debut season en route to a first-team All-SEC selection. The 10.5 sacks ranked seventh in MSU single-season annals as he became the first Bulldog to lead the league in sacks since Willie Evans in 2005. That total also tied for eighth nationally last season. His tackle for loss total tied for fifth in Bulldog single-season history.
A three-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week recipient in 2017, Sweat recorded at least one tackle for loss in 10 of MSU's 13 games. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native ranked sixth overall on the squad in tackles with 46 in 2017.
The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All- American. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the award's recipient each year. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included on the award's selection committee. Candidates may represent any class as well as any four-year NCAA-accredited school. The candidate's primary position must be defensive end.