Kwame Harris and Terrell Suggs of Arizona State Named Winners of 2002 Morris Trophy
Dec. 13, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Defensive end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State and offensive tackle Kwame Harris of Stanford have been named winners of the 23nd annual Morris Trophy.
The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pacific-10 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players' award.
Harris, a 6-foot-7, 308-pound junior from Newark, Del., becomes the first Stanford offensive lineman, and just the second Cardinal overall, to win the Morris Trophy in the 23-year history of the award. Harris has emerged as one of the top offensive linemen in the country since stepping in as a starter at Stanford last season. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season and moved up to first-team status this season in voting by the league coaches. Harris also was named first-team All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America by The Sporting News.
Suggs, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound junior from Chandler, Ariz., has had a sensational, record-setting season that has earned him unanimous first-team All-America honors. Suggs shattered the Pac-10 and NCAA single-season records in leading the nation with 22 quarterback sacks. He also set a new Pac-10 season record for tackles for losses with 29.5. The junior owns the Arizona State records for career quarterback sacks at 42 and career tackles for losses at 63.5. In addition to his exploits as a pass rusher, Suggs this season also intercepted a pass and forced six fumbles. The Morris Trophy is the latest in a flood of post-season honors that Suggs has accumulated this year. He has already been named winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by both the Pac-10 coaches and The Sporting News.
Suggs and Harris will be presented their awards at the prestigious PALO Club Million Dollar Awards Banquet at Santa Clara, Calif., on February 11, 2003.