Johnathan Rainey Named To The 2010 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/11/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 11, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico junior defensive end Johnathan Rainey is among 36 football student-athletes named to the Watch List for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Award, presented annually to the nation's premier defensive end.

Rainey, a native of Houston, Texas, recorded 9.5 sacks during his sophomore campaign, the most by a Lobo in nine years and the second most in the Mountain West Conference behind TCU All-American Jerry Hughes last season. A 2009 second-team all-MWC selection, he tied for the Conference lead in tackles for loss with 15.5, while notching 52 total tackles. Rainey is a 2010 preseason all-MWC selection.

Now in its ninth season, the award is named in honor of former University of Miami defensive lineman Ted Hendricks, college football's first three-time first-team All-American.

On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the award's winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the award's voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any four-year NCAA-accredited school. The candidate's primary position must be defensive end.

The watch list is subject to change until the final mid-season watch list is issued in November. Players may be added or deleted, depending on performance, injury, etc. The 2010 winner will be announced on December 8.

Johnathan Rainey, New Mexico

 Sam Acho, Texas

 Pierre Allen, Nebrasksa

 Christian Anthony, Grambling

 Allen Bailey, Miami

 Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma

 Broderick Binns, Iowa

 Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

 Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

 Jack Crawford, Penn State

 Marcell Dareus, Alabama

 Ricky Elmore, Arizona

 Jonathan Freeny, Rutgers

 Cameron Heyward, Ohio State

 Datone Jones, UCLA

 Cameron Jordan, California

 Thomas Keiser, Stanford

 Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

 Jake Laptad, Kansas

 Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame

 Greg Lloyd, Connecticut

 Kentrell Lockett, Mississippi

 Cliff Matthews, South Carolina

 Josh McNary, Army 

Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State

 Bruce Miller, Central Florida

 Von Miller, Texas A&M

 Dontay Moch, Nevada

 Nick Perry, USC

 Robert Quinn, North Carolina

 Adrian Robinson, Temple

 Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh

 Kenny Rowe, Oregon

 Aldon Smith, Missouri

 Chris Walker, Tennessee

 Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State