K-State's Campbell Named to Hendricks Defensive End Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second straight season, Kansas State’s Ian Campbell is listed among the top defensive ends in the nation as the
junior is among 27 players named to the 2007 Ted Hendricks Defensive
End of the Year Award Watch List, the Ted Hendricks Foundation
announced Monday.

Campbell, a 2006 semi-finalist for the award and one of just three Big
12 ends on the list, is coming off an incredible sophomore campaign and
is one of just four returning players nationally to record at least
11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses in 2006.

Last season, Campbell was among the nation’s top pass rushers and earned
All-Big 12 and All-American honors after totaling 67 tackles, 17.5 for
losses, with 11.5 sacks. His 11.5 sacks tied the Kansas State
single-season record and ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and
10th nationally. Campbell collected at least one sack in nine of 13
total games last season.

The 2006 Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year, Campbell was
the league’s leading tackler among defensive linemen, led the Big 12 in
tackles for losses and ranked third in the league in fumble recoveries
during league play with three.

The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award is named in honor of
college football’s first three-time first team All American. It is in
the spirit of Ted Hendricks’ aggressive style of play, winning attitude
and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college
football’s premier defensive end is presented. 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.

The honor marks the third time this month that Campbell has been named
to a preseason watch list. He is also a candidate for the Bednarik and
Bronko Nagurski Awards.

Campbell and Kansas State open the 2007 season with a
nationally-televised game at Auburn on Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for 6:45
p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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