Tuesday, May 25, 2004
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Alabama senior defensive end Todd Bates is among 37 football players recently named to the 2004 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year pre-season watch list.
Bates, a 6-4, 253-pound defensive end from Heflin, Ala., has played in 22 career games and has 51 career tackles and a combined seven tackles behind the line. Todd played in every game in 2002, but did not play during the 2003 season.
He was honored following spring practice this season by earning the Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman and the Dwight Stephenson MVP Lineman of the A-Day Game awards.
On-the-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community are some of the criteria that are used to determine the award's winner. The candidate's primary position must be defensive end.
Other candidates from SEC schools are Vincent Burns, Kentucky; Jovan Haye, Vanderbilt; Karlton Neal, Tennessee; Kirston Pittman, LSU; David Pollack, Georgia and Marcus Spears, LSU.
Terrell Suggs of Arizona State won the inaugural award in 2002 and Georgia's David Pollack was last year's winner.