BOCA RATON, Fla - While gridiron action is in the books for the Florida Atlantic Owls, two former football players shined last weekend.
Trey Hendrickson, a 2016 senior defensive end, was named the 2017 East/West Shrine Game Defensive MVP. Hendrickson (’13-’16) tallied two tackles, including a sack and was credited with a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.
The Apopka, Fla. native was the 2016 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-Conference selection and the Owls’ MVP. He holds the program record for sacks, tackles for a loss, quarterback hurries and was ranked No. 1 nationally in blocked kicks at season’s end.
Hendrickson, the second Owl to earn All-Star Game MVP honors in the program’s 16-year history, will next participate in the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis.
Following Hendrickson’s Saturday performance, former teammate Sharrod Neasman (’12-’15) took the field with the Atlanta Falcons, who by night’s end had captured the NFC Championship and the right to fact the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.
Neasman, who is in his rookie season with the Falcons, is the first FAU Owl to participate in a Super Bowl. Nearly 30 players have signed an NFL contract following the conclusion of their FAU playing career in the program’s 16 seasons. The Palmetto, Fla. native attended Braden River High School, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and will wear No. 20 versus the Patriots.
The 2017 football team will open play on Saturday, Sept. 2 when they play host to Navy. Deposits for 2017 FAU football season tickets are being accepted. Call 1-866-FAU-Owls or Click HERE