Throughout the week Will Sutton was selected to the Associated Press (AP), AFCA, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News All-American teams which helped him achieve this consensus status.
Sutton's selection, along with the Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) nods, make him the 15th different Sun Devil in school history to be named a consensus All-American. He is the first since kicker Thomas Weber earned AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp honors in 2007.
There have been 18 seasons in which a Sun Devil has been a consensus All-American, as safeties David Fulcher (1984-85) and Mike Richardson (1981-82), and running back Woody Green (1972-73) were two-time honorees.
The 2012 Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Sutton recorded 10.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, along with three forced fumbles and five pass breakups, despite missing one game and the majority of another due to an injury.
He led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth in the FBS with 1.82 tackles for loss per game, and also ranked 13th in the nation and third in the conference with .95 sacks per game. A force that can line up in multiple spots on the defensive line, he anchored a pass-rush defense that was second in the nation in both sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss per game (8.83).
Sutton, who recorded a tackle for loss in all 11 games he played in and collected multiple TFLs in six 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.
Previous ASU Consensus All-Americans
2007 - Thomas Weber, kicker
2006 - Zach Miller, tight end
2002 - Terrell Suggs*, defensive end
1996 - Juan Roque, tackle
1987 - Randall McDaniel, guard
1986 - Danny Villa, tackle
1985 - David Fulcher, safety
1984 - Fulcher
1983 - Luis Zendejas, kicker
1982 - Mike Richardson, safety
1981 - Richardson
1978 - Al Harris*, defensive end
1977 - John Jefferson, wide receiver
1975 - Mike Haynes, cornerback
1973 - Woody Green, running back
1972 - Green
1968 - Ron Pritchard, linebacker
Sutton's 2012 Postseason Accolades
Walter Camp Second Team All-America
FoxSportsNext.com Second Team All-America
Sporting News First Team All-America
CBSSports.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?
Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?
CBSSports.com First Team All-America?
AFCA FBS Coaches First Team All-America
Athlon Sports First Team All-America ?
First Team All-Pac-12
Bednarik Award semifinalist