Lions’ defender gets noticed for LB award
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Arnold Ebiketie has been named to the final watch list for the Ted Hendriks Award, it was announced by the Ted Hendricks and the Ted Hendricks Foundation on Monday.
The Ted Hendricks Award honors the top defensive end in college football. The 30 individuals on the final watch list will be included on the first ballot issued to the selection committee. The final vote will take place the week of Dec. 6 and the 2021 recipient will be announced on Dec. 9.
Ebiketie, who has at least one tackle for loss in eight-straight games, joined the Nittany Lions after a four-year stint at Temple (2017-20). At the conclusion of the regular season, 14.5 of Ebiketie’s Big Ten-leading 17.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 of his 9.5 sacks (3rd in the Big Ten) have come against Big Ten opponents (nine games).
He ranks fourth among Power Five players in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks. Ebiketie is second among Power Five defensive linemen in tackles for loss and tackles and tied for seventh in sacks.