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    Johnson Named to Ted Hendricks Award Watch List

    Nov 30, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Football

    The outstanding season by Flames’ defensive end Durrell Johnson has been recognized as he was named to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List.

    The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of Miami three-time collegiate All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks.

    Johnson is one of 37 players who have been named to this year’s Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. The award winner will be announced on December 7.

    Each of the last five Ted Hendricks Award winners have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft: 2021 – Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan); 2020 – No award presented; 2019 – Chase Young (Ohio State); 2018 – Clelin Ferrell (Clemson); 2017 – Bradley Chubb (NC State); 2016 – Jonathan Allen (Alabama).

    Johnson finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.9 per game) and leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for a loss (95 yards).

    He is one of only two FBS players in the country with 20-plus tackles for a loss in 2022, joining USC’s Tuli Tuipulotu (20.0 TFLs).

    The native of Baltimore, Md., also ranks No. 3 in the country with three forced fumbles and No. 34 in the country in sacks (8.0/0.67 per game).

    Johnson has recorded 49 tackles during the 2022 season (32 solo, 17 assisted). He has also added four pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and an interception. He has finished six of Liberty’s 12 games in 2022 with five or more tackles.

    Since transferring to Liberty prior to the 2020 season, Johnson has tallied 112 career stops (73 solo, 39 assisted), along with 40.0 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks in 32 games played.

    2022 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List
    Felix Anudike-Uzomah – Kansas State
    Zachary Blackiston – Heidelberg
    Karl Brooks – Bowling Green
    Ya Ya Diaby – Louisville
    Joe Evans – Iowa
    Viliami Fehoko – San Jose State
    Jordan Ferguson – Middle Tennessee
    Isaiah Foskey – Notre Dame
    Ty French – Gardner-Webb
    Tyjuan Garbutt – Virginia Tech
    Derick Hall – Auburn
    Devonne Harris – Wyoming
    Zach Harrison – Ohio State
    Thomas Incoom – Central Michigan
    T.J. Jackson – Troy
    Desjuan Johnson – Toledo
    Durrell Johnson – Liberty
    Mohamed Kamara – Colorado State
    Will Mcdonald IV – Iowa State
    Isaiah McGuire – Missouri Mike
    Morris – Michigan
    Caleb Murphy – Ferris State
    Myles Murphy – Clemson
    Bj Ojulari – LSU
    David Perales – Fresno State
    Lonnie Phelps – Kansas
    Jose Ramirez – Eastern Michigan
    Dylan Ruiz – New Hampshire
    Jonah Tavai – San Diego State
    Jadrian Taylor – UTEP
    Bralen Trice – Washington
    J.T. Tuimoloau – Ohio State
    Tuli Tuipulotu – USC
    Jared Verse – Florida State
    David Walker – Central Arkansas
    Tyree Wilson – Texas Tech
    Keion White – Georgia Tech