Von Miller a Hendricks Award finalist

Texas A&M linebacker/defensive end Von Miller has been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to college football's top defensive end.

"I am blessed to be a finalist,” Miller said in a release. "This is a tremendous honor and if it wasn’t for my teammates and their fanatical effort, I would not be receiving this recognition. The most important thing is winning games and my senior season has been a lot of fun with a great group of guys. I am looking forward to going to our bowl game and getting a chance to play one more game with these guys on my team."

The other finalists are:

  • Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

  • Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

  • Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

  • Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh

  • J.J. Watt, Wisconsin

"Von has had a special senior season,” Aggies coach Mike Sherman said in the statement. "Beyond his play on the field, he has been a leader as the defensive captain and he has given great effort across the board. That includes the off-season workouts, the classroom, the film room and I am very proud of him."