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2015 NFL DRAFT

William Sutton, DT

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
8392-3
Career Notes
Talented, athletic defensive lineman who made a huge impact in his freshman season...could be a major contributor at both defensive tackle spots... was the 2009 opening day starter at defensive tackle Sept. 5 against Idaho State.
2013 Season
Sutton, a redshirt senior from Corona, Calif., earned the 2013 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year, making him just the second player in Conference history to earn defensive player of the year accolades twice in his career, the other being former Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman, who won the award in 1990 and 1991. He anchored a Sun Devil defense that was third in the Conference in total defense (351.0 yards per game), was tied for second in sacks (36 total sacks) and led the Conference in forced turnovers (30). Sutton lead an aggressive defense that has forced one turnover in 26-consecutive games, which is good for third in the country among FBS schools for longest-active streak. On the year, Sutton recorded 10.5 tackles for loss for 38 yards, three sacks and an interception that sealed a win over UCLA to clinch the Pac-12 South Division title and earn the Sun Devil's first Pac-12 Football Championship game berth.
2012 Season
Is making a claim as one of top interior linemen in the country and became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American...Was named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, an award named for the former Arizona State great.... Sutton posted 23.5 tackles for loss on the season (led team and fourth-most in ASU history), 13.0 sacks (led team and fourth in ASU history) and 63 total tackles (seventh on team)...Sutton finished the season ranked second in the nation at 1.92 TFL per game and third in the nation with 1.08 sacks per game and also led the Pac-12 in both... His 102 yards lost on sacks this year, including 23 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, place him fourth on the school's single season yards on sacks list...Had five passes defensed this season, which was among the top marks in the nation among defensive linemen...His 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks earned him Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP honors.Had a sack and two tackles for loss against USC (11/10)... Posted sack No. 9.5 against Oregon State (11/3)...Had one tackle for loss and forced fumble against Oregon (10/18) on the second play from scrimmage before leaving the game with a leg injury...Added two sacks against Colorado (10/11) and had 3.0 tackles for loss in the tilt...had eight in games against Cal (9/29), Mizzou (9/15) and Illinois (9/8)... Against Cal, Sutton posted four tackles for loss and three sacks with six solo tackles in the process... Was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Pac-12 Player of the Week for the performance...Has made 113 career tackles, including 32 for loss (164 yards)...has 16.5 career sacks...has seen action in 37 games, with 27 starts, including 12 in 2011 and 12 in 2012, only missing one start to injury.
2011 Season
Played in 13 games with 12 starts at defensive tackle ... tallied 33 tackles, five and a half tackles for loss, two and a half sacks, one pass breakup for the season ... tallied four tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one QB sack against Illinois ... carded three tackles while helping the defense hold USC to 22 points in win... registered four solo tackles, one sack and one TFL for a loss of 12 yards in win against Oregon State following week ... had five tackles, one and a half tackles for loss at Utah ... posted two tackles and one tackle for loss at Oregon ... notched three tackles (one solo) in homecoming win vs Colorado ... made one solo tackle at UCLA ... tallied four tackles, one tackle for loss, against Washington State...finished with two tackles against both Arizona and Cal.
2010 Season
Sat out season...earned Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.
2009 Season
Started two games, including the first game of the season Sept. 5 vs. Idaho State, and appeared in all 12...finished the season with 17 tackles (six solo), three tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble...collected at least one tackle in 10 of 12 games, including a stretch of nine straight games...made four tackles (one solo) and a two-yard tackle for loss in the first game of his career Sept. 5...recorded two solo tackles, two tackles for loss, including a four-yard sack, and a forced fumble against Washington State Oct. 10... also started Oct. 31 vs. Cal.
High School
A 2009 graduate of Centennial High School in Corona, Calif...one of the premier defensive linemen in the state of California...played for one of the nation's elite prep programs...an active, athletic and powerful lineman...will be one of five Sun Devils to have played at Centennial High, the most teammates outside the state of Arizona to be on a Sun Devil roster in school history...ranked as the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com...regarded as the top defensive tackle in the state of California by ESPN Scouts, Inc....listed as the No. 42 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com...also labeled by Rivals.com as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the state of California and the state's No. 40 overall recruit...played in the 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., along with fellow Sun Devil Jamal Miles...totaled 101 tackles (23 solo) as a senior in 2008...led the Huskies with 11.5 quarterback sacks...blocked four punts and recovered one fumble...totaled six or more tackles in 11 games on the year...registered a season-high 11 tackles (three solo) against Norco on Nov. 14, 2008...tallied a season-high four quarterback sacks and seven total tackles against Chaparral on Dec. 12, 2008...totaled nine tackles on two occasions and collected 1.5 quarterback sacks four times on the year...registered 48 tackles as a junior in 2007...added 2.5 quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery...posted five or more tackles on six occasions and tallied a season-high six total stops three times...totaled 11 tackles as a sophomore in 2006...posted a season-high six total tackles against Chaparral on Nov. 24, 2006...chose ASU over Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, Nebraska, UNLV and Washington, among others...verbally committed to ASU on Dec. 14, 2008...coached by Matt Logan at Centennial High School.
Personal
A Communication and Sociology major. Father Mickey played defensive back and punt returner for the Los Angeles Rams (1986-1988), the Green Bay Packers (1989), the Buffalo Bills (1989) and the Rams (1990).
 
Player News
05/12/2014 - It's apparent the Bears still believe the defensive line can make the deep secondary and not the other way around. Taking a pair of defensive tackles -- Will Sutton of Arizona State and Ego Ferguson of LSU -- instead of a safety in the second round showed this much. "You have to have players who are capable of controlling the run on the inside," Emery said. "The front determines the game, in terms of controlling the run and putting pressure on the passer and that's why we went defensive tackle back-to-back in the second and third rounds.

"I believe we were 32nd on average rush and 32nd against the run. So, everything we've done is to get as many tough, physical players up to this point, on this team, that can help us accomplish those goals - to stop the run and apply pressure on the passer." Third-round pick Sutton bulked up to 309 pounds for his senior year, after playing around 270 as a junior. He needed the weight for a role that had him taking on multiple blockers, but Emery said he wants the three-technique tackle at "285-295." Sutton is already down to 290, so he's in the right range. - The Sports Xchange

 

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