NCAA Sack Record Holder Suggs Wins Lombardi Award
Dec 11, 2002
With Lombardi Award Winners
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) - Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, who set an NCAArecord with 22 sacks this season, won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday night asthe nation's top collegiate lineman.
Suggs, a junior, beat out three other finalists: defensive end Cory Reddingof Texas, linebacker E. J. Henderson of Maryland and defensive tackle TommieHarris of Oklahoma.
'The sacks kind of snuck up on me,' Suggs said. 'One minute it was sevenand the next it was 10 and at the end of the season it was 22,' Suggs said.'I was shocked myself.'
Suggs is a junior who has not decided if he will skip his senior season fora shot at the pros.
'Every team in the NFL is looking for pass rushers and he's the best,'Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said.
'Terrell is a great pure pass rusher,' he said. 'He's got tremendousspeed and he's relentless and we play in a league that throws the ball a lot,so he's a tremendous player. He never stops.
'He was a high school tailback converted to defensive end so he's a skillplayer playing a lineman position.'
Suggs has 42 career sacks in three seasons at Arizona State. His record thisseason broke the old mark of 17 set last season by Lombardi Award finalistDwight Freeney of Syracuse.
'Terrell gets double- and triple-teamed so much that how he ricochets offtwo or three guys and still gets to the quarterback and Terrell is a veryselfless player,' Koetter said. 'He gives a lot of credit to his teammatesand does a lot for our football team.'
Suggs had a season-high 4ï¿½ sacks against Washington on Oct. 26. He had 12tackles in that game and 6ï¿½ tackles for losses totaling 44 yards.
Suggs had a four-sack performance against North Carolina and three sacks intwo other games. He has 12 career multisack games.