Two Missouri football players were announced as awards candidates Tuesday as the season rolls into its final month.
Defensive end Michael Sam, who already is in the running for the Bednarik and Lombardi Awards, was announced as one of 18 players on the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation’s best defensive end. Hendricks was a three-time All-American for Miami in the late 1960s.
Sam has racked up 10 sacks, including three three-sack games, and 16 tackles for a loss this season, helping No. 9 Missouri, 9-1, seize control of the Southeastern Conference East division race.
Finalists for the Hendricks Award will be announced Nov. 25.
Meanwhile, senior left guard Max Copeland was among 53 players nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, which has been presented since 2010 to the nation’s most outstanding player who started as a walk-on.
Kansas State junior defensive end Ryan Mueller, a St. Thomas Aquinas graduate, also is among the Burlsworth Trophy nominees.