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Will Sutton had his parents come to the press conference. It looked like he was going pro.
The reigning Pac 12 Tillman Defensive Player of the Year then gave Sun Devil Head Coach Todd Graham his most important commitment of the recruiting season.
"I'm excited for Will to come back next season and continue what he helped build this past year. But just as important, I'm happy for Will to finish what he started in the classroom and earn his degree from Arizona State University," Vice President for University Athletics Steve Patterson said. "This is a great moment for ASU fans everywhere as we get another opportunity to see the most dominant defensive player in the country wear the Maroon and Gold for another year."
Sutton became the first Sun Devil since Terrell Suggs in 2002 to earn consensus First Team All-America honors after being recognized by the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News and the AssociatedPress, as well as the Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team).
His 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in 2012 both rank fourth on the school's single-season list, and he led the Pac-12 with 1.08 sacks and 1.96 TFLs per game. Sutton also added 63 tackles, three forced fumbles and five pass breakups, despite missing one game and the majority of another due to injury.
Sutton, who recorded a tackle for loss in all 12 games he played in and collected multiple TFLs in seven of those contests, used constant pressure to guide a Sun Devil defense that led the Pac-12 in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense, as well as rank second in the conference in total defense.
Sutton was named the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP after registering 3.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, in the Devils'record-breaking 62-28 win over Navy. He was also the recipient of the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, given to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-12.