Clemson's defensive end named a finalist for national award

CLEMSON (WCSC) - Clemson defensive end Andre Branch has been named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.

The award is given to the top defensive end in college football.  The award is named after former University of Miami All-American Ted Hendricks.

This is the second consecutive year Clemson has had a finalist for the Hendricks Award.  Da'Quan Bowers won the award last year.

Branch leads the ACC in sacks with 10.5 and has 16 tackles for loss that paces the conference.  He is second on the Clemson team with 72, just short of becoming the first lineman to lead the Tigers in tackles since 1984 when William Perry had 100 tackles.  The Richmond, VA native was named first-team All-ACC this year.  

Branch had four sacks and six tackles for loss against Virginia Tech in the Tigers' 23-3 victory on October 1.  That was only loss of the year for the 10th ranked Hokies.

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