Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Top performances of 2012: Will Sutton
By Ted Miller
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Up next: Hello, my name is "Will Sutton." But you can call me "Will Sutton."
Who and against whom: On Sept 29, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton dominated the California offensive line in a 27-17 victory, a win that indicated Sutton and the Sun Devils might be up to something in 2012.
The numbers: Sutton rolled up a career-high eight tackles, which ranked second on the defense, but four of his came for losses and three were sacks. He also forced a fumble and had a quarterback hurry.
A closer look: Sutton played well all season. In fact, one of the distinguishing characteristics of his season was its consistency, which is one big reason he was the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. But this is the game in which Sutton said, "Hello, world. No one can block me. Which is nice." Before this game, he ranked eighth in the conference in tackles for loss and seventh in sacks. After it, he ranked second in both categories. And he'd end up first in both. He earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. He led a six-sack attack against the beleaguered Bears offensive line, one that held Cal to just 285 total yards.