Aug. 9, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) on Tuesday (Aug. 9) was named by the Ted Hendricks Foundation as one of 35 preseason candidates for the 2011 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
A three-year letterman and two-year starter, Van Bergen started 13 games in 2010 and recorded 37 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He has started 26 of 37 career games, totaling 90 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups.
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. The Ted Hendricks Award, now in its 10th season, is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American.
The final midseason watch list will be announced in November, and the 2011 winner will be announced Dec. 7.
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