There have been many a surprise when it comes to the latest round of underclassmen declarations, but this one, much to the delight of the Arizona State coaching staff, may top them all.
At a press conference Tuesday evening, standout defensive tackle Will Sutton stunned many by announcing he was eschewing an early shot at the NFL draft and will instead return to the Sun Devils for his senior season. The talented lineman said that he made up his mind earlier today to return because he had goals at the collegiate level he had yet to reach.
Sutton’s decision to return is a huge boon for the Sun Devils.
Despite missing one game with an injury, Sutton was tied for third in the nation in sacks (13) and tied for second in tackles for loss. In both cases, one of the players he was tied with was South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. Following the season, he was named the Pac-12′s Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American, one of just four defensive lineman afforded the latter honor.
Had Sutton decided to make himself available for the draft, he would’ve been a lock for selection in the first round.