? Ted Hendricks Award Watch List (National Defensive End Award)
2002:Finished sixth on the team with 54 tackles ... Led the team in tackles for loss with 12, sacks with five and quarterback hurries with seven ? Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors with a nine-tackle, two-sack performance vs. Wisconsin ? Stopped the Badgers on two third downs and one fourth-down attempt ? Forced a fumble while also recording a quarterback hurry and pass batted down against UW ? Recovered a fumble, sacked QB Zack Mills on a two-point conversion attempt and blocked an extra point vs. Penn State ? Recovered a fumble and broke up one pass against Indiana ? Team-high nine tackles and a sack against Minnesota ? Batted down one ball at the line of scrimmage, while also posting three tackles against Michigan ? Recorded first sack of the season vs. SJSU along with five tackles ? Four solo tackles, two for loss, one PBU and one QB hurry vs. ASU ? Had two tackles for loss and seven tackles at Southern Miss ? Had three tackles, one for loss and Blocked an extra point vs. Missouri.
2001: Split time at defensive end with Terrell Washington ? Team leader in forced fumbles with three ? Had 33 tackles, six of which went for 42 yards in losses (7.0 yards) ? Also had four sacks for 36 yards in losses (9.0 yards) ? Set a career high with six tackles against Michigan ? Also added a sack vs. the Wolverines ? Had four tackles and one TFL vs. Minnesota ? Had four tackles vs. LSU in the Nokia Sugar Bowl ? Had three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery vs. Louisville ? In addition to disrupting the opponent?s passing game through his speed rush, Strong broke up three passes at the line of scrimmage, including two against Northwestern.
2000: Played in seven games ... Recorded nine tackles, a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass deflection ... Posted a career-high six tackles at Northwestern ... Had a tackle, a sack and two quarterback hurries against Iowa ... Posted two tackles at Minnesota.
High School: Named a Prep Star All-American ? Earned SuperPrep All-Midwest team honors ? Two-time first-team All-Catholic Metro Conference honors ? Named Chicago Sun-Times Top-30 area prospects ? Helped lead Mt. Carmel to consecutive 5A state championships in 1998-99 ? Earned six varsity letters in football, basketball and volleyball.
Personal: Full given name is Derrick C. Strong ? Born April 16, 1982 in Chicago ? The son of Eric and Valerie Strong ? Father is a Chicago firefighter ? Majoring in speech communication ? An honor roll student at Mt. Carmel high school ? Lists hitting quarterbacks as his biggest thrill in sports.
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS QH 2000 7 3 6 9 1-0 1-0 2 2001 12 21 12 33 6-42 4-36 5 2002 12 34 20 54 12-39 5-32 7 Total 31 58 38 96 19-81 10-68 14