Trey Hendrickson, former FAU standout defensive end, was taken by the New Orleans Saints in the 2017 NFL Draftís third round, as the 103rd pick overall.
Hendricksonís selection makes him the first FAU defensive lineman to be drafted by a NFL team and the sixth Owl drafted in the young programís history. He joins a group of 36 who have signed professional football contracts with either the NFL or the CFL and is the 10th currently on a NFL roster.
"I got a workout from them, and felt I showed them what I can do", said Hendrickson. I left the Trey Hendrickson mark on the organization…a guy who's ready to do whatever it takes to win."
Hendrickson began 2016 as Conference USA's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The Apopka native fulfilled the projection and was named the league's 2016 Defensive Player of the Year as well. He was the second player in FAU's 16-year history to earn individual player of the year honors and the first since joining Conference USA. Additionally, he became the programís first defensive lineman to garner the C-USA honor since 2011.
He returned for his senior campaign as the nation's No. 2 sack leader with 13.5 sacks. The DE concluded his final season with career highs in tackles (50), tackles for a loss (15) and passes defended (two). He also added 9.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Hendrickson had an effect on both special teams Ė with four blocked kicks Ė and on offense when he was added to run packages as a lead blocker for a unit that recorded a program-high 31 rushing TDs.
The C-USA First Team selection is an award dedicated to a single-year performance, and Hendrickson was bestowed the honor in back-to-back seasons (2015-16). His career numbers include finishing one block away from the all-time career mark, but he left no margin for error when he captured five defensive career categories. He is listed No. 1 in tackles for a loss (42.5), 12 more than the next closest; No. 1 in yards from tackles for loss (222), 70 yards more than the next closest tackler; No. 1 in quarterback sacks (29.5), besting the previous career mark by 13.5 sacks which coincidentally is the same number of sacks he record his junior season to lead the country; No. 1 in quarterback hurries, seven more than the next closest; and he forced eight fumbles in his career to tie for No. 1 in FF. He ends his career ranked seventh in C-USA history in all-time sacks.