Conference USA coaches viewed Trey Hendrickson as the best defensive player in the conference – wire to wire.
C-USA announced on Wednesday that it’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year had lived up to the hype by naming Hendrickson its Defensive Player of the Year.
Hendrickson, a senior defensive end for FAU, recorded 9.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss this season despite being double- or even triple-teamed on nearly every play. His 50 tackles on the year were a career best.
Those statistics come one year after Hendrickson finished second nationally with 13.5 sacks. His career 29.5 sack total nearly doubles that of any other player ever to wear an FAU uniform.
Hendrickson is the first FAU player ever named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. He earned the honor while contributing in all three phases of the game.
He’s currently tied for the lead nationally in blocked kicks with four. FAU also employed Hendrickson as a fullback during goal line situations for the final half of the season.
Hendrickson is the second FAU player to receive conference player of the year honors. The Sun Belt tabbed quarterback Rusty Smith its 2007 Player of the Year.
The announcement came one day after C-USA released its all-conference first and second team selection. Hendrickson was the lone Owl to make either team.
Here are the other Conference USA awards announced today:
MVP: Ryan Higgins, QB, La. Tech
Offensive POY: Carlos Henderson, WR, La. Tech
Special Teams POY: Carlos Henderson, WR, La. Tech
Defensive POY: Trey Hendrickson, DE, FAU
Freshman of the Year: Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA
Newcomer of the Year: Mike White, QB, WKU
Coach of the Year: Skip Holtz, La. Tech