June 23, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State lineman Mkristo Bruce was named to the 2005 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of Year Award preseason watch list Thursday.
Bruce notched 60 tackles in 2004, including 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. The redshirt junior started 11 games for the Cougars after cracking the starting lineup in spring drills. Bruce had a career-high nine tackles against USC and equaled that performance against UCLA the next week, adding a sack and a recovered fumble against the Bruins. The Renton, Wash., native finished the year ranked tied for fifth in fumbles recovered with 0.27/game and tied for ninth in sacks with 0.59/game in Pacific-10 standings.
Named for Ted Hendricks, a University of Miami three-time Collegiate All-American and NFL hall of famer, the award is based on several criteria including on-field performance, leadership abilities, and contributions to school and community. Candidates may represent any class (freshman though senior) from any four-year NCAA accredited school, according to the Hendricks Foundation release.
Bruce is one of 24 players on the 2005 Hendricks Award watch list, including fellow Pac-10 standouts Kyle Caldwell of Arizona State, Lawrence Jackson and Frostee Rucker of USC and Kyle Morgan of UCLA.