Terrell Suggs Named Nation's Top Defensive Lineman By The Touchdown Club Of Columbus

Dec. 5, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University's Terrell Suggs has been named the nation's top defensive lineman by the Touchdown Club of Columbus as they present their 2002 College Football Awards. This is Suggs' third national honor this week as he was also named to the Football Writers Association and the AFCA Coaches' All-America Teams.

The honor comes after a superb regular season that saw Suggs set the NCAA record for sacks (22), finish the season with the most tackles for loss in the nation (29.5) and tie for the most forced fumbles (6) in the Pacific-10 Conference. He was also honored as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all Pac-10 selection.

Suggs, a junior from Chandler, Arizona, now holds ASU records for single season sacks, career sacks (42), single-season tackles for loss (29.5), and career tackles for loss (63.5). A finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Suggs had two games in the 2002 with four or more sacks and has totaled 12 career multi-sack games. In thirteen games this year, he earned a Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honor, a Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor, and cnnsi.com Midseason All-American acclaim. Suggs has led the Sun Devils in sacks and tackles for loss in each of his three seasons in Tempe.

The Touchdown Club's national coaches selection committee also named Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel the 'Coach of the Year', running back Maurice Clarett as the season's top freshman player, and senior safety Michael Doss as the top defensive back.

Miami senior quarterback Ken Dorsey is the TDC's pick for top signal caller, along with fellow Hurricane Brett Romberg, chosen the nation's best offensive lineman.

The Touchdown Club of Columbus stayed in the Big Ten to name Penn State senior Larry Johnson the best running back for 2002, and Michigan State's outstanding playmaker Charles Rogers as college football's top receiver. Rounding out the defense is Maryland's standout linebacker E.J. Henderson.

Each player will be honored during the Touchdown Club of Columbus' 48th Annual All-Sports Banquet on February 7, 2003. The announcement of the College Football Player of the Year will highlight the evening's festivities. For more information, contact Touchdown Club General Chairman Sam Nicola at (614) 460-6560.

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