Former Tiger Da’Quan Bowers won the award in 2010.
Ferrell is joined on the list of finalists by Nick Bosa of Ohio State, Bradley Chubb of NC State, Sutton Smith of Northern Illinois and Marcus Martin of Slippery Rock.
This marks the sixth time this decade that Clemson has had a finalist for the Hendricks Award. In addition to Bowers winning the award in 2010, Andre Branch in 2011, Vic Beasley in 2013 and 2014 and Shaq Lawson in 2015.
Ferrell leads Clemson’s defense in tackles for loss with 16 for 70 yards and sacks with 8.5 for 54. The sophomore has 57 tackles overall, 45 first hits and 12 assists. He is fourth on the Clemson team and first among defensive linemen.
Ferrell, who was named first-team All-ACC earlier in the week, had 5.5 tackles for loss at Syracuse and five in the win over NC State. He is the only player in the nation with two games with five tackles for loss and the only Clemson player in history to do it in one season.