University of Missouri

Missouri’s Sam is finalist for defensive end of year award

Missouri senior Michael Sam was chosen Thursday as one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks defensive end of the year award, which will be announced Dec. 11. Sam is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurksi award, given to the most outstanding defensive player, and the Rotary Lombardi award, given to college football’s top lineman.

Sam leads the Southeastern Conference in sacks with 10 1/2 and tackles for loss with 18 entering Saturday’s SEC title game against Auburn.

The other Hendricks finalists are Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, Montana State’s Brad Daly, Texas’ Jackson Jeffcoat and Louisville’s Marcus Smith.

• Missouri junior defensive lineman Matt Hoch was chosen first-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Hoch, who has set a career-high with three sacks this season, has a 3.96 grade-point average and is majoring in middle-school education.

Auburn punter Steven Clark, a Park Hill grad who has completed his undergraduate work, was chosen to the second team.