Representing the University of Southern California on the list of 35 pre-season candidates are defensive ends Wes Horton and Nick Perry.
Perry, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound redshirt junior, recorded a team-best 9 sacks as a freshman in 2009 and started 9 games for the Trojans last season, finishing the year with 25 tackles (7.5 for a loss), 4 sacks, 3 pass deflections and 2 forced fumbles.
Horton, also a redshirt junior, is expected to vie for a starting spot opposite of Perry on the defensive line in 2011. In 2010, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound end saw action in 10 games, including 6 starts, and finished the year with 30 tackles (5.5 for a loss), 4 sacks, 4 pass deflections and blocked a punt against Washington State.
The only other Pac-12 Conference player named to the Hendricks Award watch list for 2011 was UCLA's Datone Jones.
Check out the full 2011 Ted Hendricks Award watch list here.
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