Cassius Marsh on Hendricks Award list

Cassius Marsh has been named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end.

Marsh, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior out of Oaks Christian High, had 22 tackles in 12 games for the Bruins last season and was second on the team with two sacks. He played 11 games as a freshman and became a starter by the end of the season. He has spent his first two seasons as a defensive tackle but is moving to end this season as the Bruins transition to a 3-4 base defense.

Marsh is one of 40 players on the pre-season watch list. Whitney Mercilus of Illinois, a player UCLA faced in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl last season, won the 2011 award before becoming a first-round draft pick by the Houston Texans. The Hendricks Award winner will be announced Dec. 5.