Texas has now had five players named to the award's watch lists in its five-year history with Cory Redding being named a finalist in 2002.
It also marks the second-consecutive year Tim Crowder has been named to the Hendricks watch list, and he is also a member of the 2006 Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player) and Lott Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year) watch lists. A three-year starter at left defensive end, Crowder has made 34 consecutive starts in a total of 38 career games. In 2005, he was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the league's coaches after leading the team with 20 QB pressures, while recording 50 tackles, nine TFL and three sacks.
Brian Robison has played in 37 career contests with 27 starts. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2005 after finishing with 58 tackles and leading the team in tackles for loss (15) and sacks (7). He also recorded 10 pressures, four PBD, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. The blocked field goal gave him five for his career (No. 2 on UT's all-time blocked kicks list). An NCAA qualifier in the discus and shot put, Robison earned All-America honors in the shot put by finishing second at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also won the Big 12 outdoor shot put and discus titles in 2006.
The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. Hendricks' professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowls, eight Pro Bowl selections an induction into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
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.