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Todd Graham expects Carl Bradford to return to Sun Devils

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While nothing is official, it’s looking as though one of the most productive defensive players in the Pac-12 will eschew an early leap to the NFL.

Thursday, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham was asked about the playing future of linebacker Carl Bradford.  While not saying anything with any degree of uncertainty, Graham seemed confident the junior will be back with the Sun Devils for his senior season.

“Each individual is different,’” Graham said according to “I’ve been in situations where I advised the guy that he needed to (go pro).

“But where we’re sitting, I fully anticipate him being back. I think he knows his development, his maturity, all those things are things that will better him to be here another eight months. At the end of the day, he can do what he wants to do, but I would be shocked if he didn’t come back.”

Bradford returning would be a boon for Graham’s 2014 defense.

In 2013, Bradford led ASU with 18 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead in sacks with 8.5.  He also intercepted one pass and forced three fumbles.

For that effort, he was named second-team All-Pac-12.

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