Mississippi State junior A.J. Jefferson had his name added to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive end.
Jefferson has started all eight games for the Bulldogs this season. Jefferson has made 38 tackles and leads the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.
The 6-foot-3, 277-pounder from Summitt has made a stop behind the line of scrimmage in eight of his last nine games and his 22.5 career tackles for loss ranks 10th in school history.
Jefferson is one of 32 players selected to the watch list. Four to six finalists will be selected late next month and a winner will be announced on Dec. 9.
Utah’s Nate Orchard claimed the award last year.
2015 HENDRICKS AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST: JONATHAN ALLEN, ALABAMA; DEREK BARNETT, TENNESSEE; TARELL BASHAM, OHIO; JOEY BOSA, OHIO STATE; QUINTON BRADLEY, IDAHO; WALTER BRADY, MISSOURI; DeFOREST BUCKNER, OREGON; SHILIQUE CALHOUN, MICHIGAN STATE; KAMALEI CORREA, BOISE STATE; JAMES COWSER, SOUTHERN UTAH; MYLES GARRETT, TEXAS A&M; DEONTE GIBSON, NORTHWESTERN; CHARLES HARRIS, MISSOURI; A.J. JEFFERSON, MISSISSIPPI STATE; JORDAN JENKINS, GEORGIA; BRONSON KAUFUSI, BYU; KYLE KRAGEN, CALIFORNIA; SHAQ LAWSON, CLEMSON; NICK MANGIERI, INDIANA; NATE MEIER, IOWA; CARL NASSIB, PENN STATE; LEWIS NEAL, LSU; YANNICK NGAKOUE, MARYLAND; EMMANUEL OGBAH, OKLAHOMA ST; DALE PIERSON, IOWA STATE; SHELDON RANKINS, LOUISVILLE; ISAAC ROCHELL, NOTRE DAME; PITA TAUMOEPENU, UTAH; JIHAD WARD, ILLINOIS; TERENCE WAUGH, KENT STATE; JORDAN WILLIS. KANSAS STATE; EDDIE YARBROUGH. WYOMING.