July 30, 2012
Opurum, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior from Richardson, Texas, finished the 2011 season 45 tackles, including 10.5 behind the line of scrimmage and four sacks. He 10.5 tackles for a loss led KU and ranked 10th in the Big 12, while his four sacks ranked 17th in the conference.
The senior also chipped in seven quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Opurum was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the conference’s coaches.
Now in its 11th season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named after the first three-time All-American, who played at the University of Miami. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award’s winner.
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award’s voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (freshman through senior) as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school.
Opurum and his Kansas teammates will report to campus for fall camp on Wednesday, Aug. 1, while the Jayhawks will open the 2012 season at home against South Dakota State on Sept. 1.