Terrell Suggs Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year

Dec. 2, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Terrell Suggs, a junior defensive end for the Arizona State football team, was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, the conference office announced Monday. Suggs also was selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team Defense while Shaun McDonald garnered All-Pac-10 First Team Offense as a wide receiver. Tim Parker, among the conference's leaders in punting all year, was selected to the All-Pac-10 Second Team Specialists.

Joining the trio of honorees were seven other Sun Devils, all members of the Honorable Mention team. They are offensive guard Drew Hodgdon, cornerback R.J. Oliver, tight end Mike Pinkard, free safety Jason Shivers, safety Riccardo Stewart, defensive end Jimmy Verdon and linebacker Mason Unck.

Quarterbacks Jason Gesser of Washington State and Carson Palmer of USC earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors while USC wide receiver Mike Williams was named as the Freshman of the Year. Cal head coach Jeff Tefford was selected by the conference's coaches as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Suggs has had a sensational season that has seen him lead the nation and set Pac-10 and NCAA single-season records for quarterback sacks. The two-time All-Pac-10 selection established NCAA and Pac-10 records with 22 sacks and his career total of 42 also is an ASU career record. Suggs also leads the Pac-10 and the nation in tackles for loss with 29.5, which establishes a new Pac-10 season record. With Suggs as the leader, the ASU defense led the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 49. He is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy this season.

Suggs joins Adam Archuleta (2000), Pat Tillman (1997) and Jake Plummer (1996) as the only Sun Devils to earn a player of the year honor from the conference. Plummer was selected as the offensive player of the year as a quarterback, while Archuleta and Tillman, both linebackers, garnered the defensive award. Suggs also earned the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award in 2000.

Suggs is a three-time first team selection while McDonald garnered his second first team accolade in as many years. Parker earned his first award at ASU. The seven Honorable Mention members from the Sun Devil team are making their first appearances on the all-conference team.

First Team Offense
QB - Jason Gesser, Sr., Washington State
QB - Carson Palmer, Sr., USC
RB - Onterrio Smith, Jr., Oregon
RB - Steven Jackson, So., Oregon State
WR - Shaun McDonald, Jr., Arizona State
WR - Bobby Wade, Sr., Arizona
WR - Reggie Williams, Fr., USC
TE - Mike Seidman, Sr., UCLA
OL - Kwame Harris, Jr., Stanford
OL - Mike Saffer, Sr., UCLA
OL - Derrick Roche, Jr., Washington State
OL - Jacob Rogers, Jr., USC
OL - Calvin Armstrong, So., Washington State
OL - Scott Tercero, Sr., California

First Team Defense
DL - Terrell Suggs, Jr., Arizona State
DL - Eric Manning, Sr., Oregon State
DL - Tully Banta-Cain, Sr., California
DL - Rien Long, Jr., Washington State
LB - Richard Seigler, Jr., Oregon State
LB - Nick Barnett, Sr., Oregon State
LB - Lance Briggs, Sr., Arizona
LB - Matt Grootegoed, So., USC
DB - Troy Polamalu, Sr., USC
DB - Marcus Turfant, Sr., Washington State
DB - Ricky Manning, Sr., UCLA
DB - Dennis Weathersby, Sr., Oregon State
DB - Derrick Johnson, So., Washington

First Team Specialists
PK - Jared Siegel, So., Oregon
P - Nate Fikse, Sr., UCLA
KOR - LaShaun Ward, Sr., California
PR - Keenan Howry, Sr., Oregon
ST - Ray Wells, Sr., Arizona
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

Secon Team Offense
QB - Cody Pickett, Jr., Washington
QB - Kyle Boller, Sr., Califronia
RB - Justin Fargas, Sr., USC
RB - Tyler Ebell, Fr., UCLA
WR - Mike Williams, Fr., USC
WR - Keary Colbert, Jr., USC
TE - George Wrighster, Jr., Oregon
OL - Dan Weaver, Jr., Oregon
OL - Makoa Freitas, Sr., Arizona
OL - Zach Wilson, Sr., USC
OL - Eyoseph Efseaff, So., UCLA
OL - Bryce Bohlander, Sr., UCLA

Second Team Defense
DL - Kenechi Udeze, So., USC
DL - Kai Ellis, Sr., Washington
DL - Dave Ball, Jr., UCLA
DL - Mike Patterson, So., USC
LB - Kevin Mitchell, Jr., Oregon
LB - David Moretti, Sr., Oregon
LB - Marcus Reese, Sr., UCLA
DB - Keith Lewis, Jr., Oregon
DB - Jemeel Powell, Sr., California
DB - Terrell Roberts, Sr., Oregon State
DB - DeShaun Hill, Sr., USC

Second Team Specialists
PK - John Anderson, Sr., Washington
P - Tim Parker, Jr., Arizona State
KOR - Allan Amundson, Sr., Oregon
PR - Bobby Wade, Sr., Arizona
ST - Mike McGrath, So., California
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

Co-Offensive Player of the Year:
Jason Gesser, QB, Sr., WSU and Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC
Defensive Player of the Year:
Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State
Freshman of the Year:
Mike Williams, WR, USC
Coach of the Year:
Jeff Tedford, California

Honorable Mention
ARIZONA: CB Darrell Brooks, Fr.; TE James Hugo, Sr.; QB Jason Johnson, Sr.; DT Young Thompson, Sr.; FS Jarvie Worcester, Sr.

ARIZONA STATE: OG Drew Hodgdon, So.; CB R.J. Oliver, So.; TE Mike Pinkard, Sr.; FS Jason Shivers, So.; S Riccardo Stewart, So.; DE Jimmy Verdon, So.; LB Mason Unck, Sr.

CALIFORNIA: DT Lorenzo Alexander, So.; DE Tom Canada, Sr.; PK Mark Jensen, Sr.; OLB Matt Nixon, Sr.; OT Mark Wilson, Jr.

OREGON: OG Joey Forster, Jr.; WR Keenan Howry, Sr.; DT Haloti Ngata, Fr.; DT Igor Olshansky, So.; WR Samie Parker, Jr.; OG Nick Steitz, So.

OREGON STATE: DT Dwan Edwards, Jr.; OT Mike Kuykendall, Sr.; FL James Newson, Jr.; DE Bill Swancutt, So.; PK Kirk Yliniemi, Jr.

STANFORD: FS Colin Branch, Sr.; DT Matt Leonard Sr.; FB Casey Moore, Sr.; OG Greg Schindler, Sr.

UCLA: SE Craig Bragg, So.; OLB Brandon Chillar, Jr.; DT Steve Morgan, Sr.; FL Tab Perry, Jr.; OG Steven Viera, So.

USC: DT Shaun Cody, So.; SE Kareem Kelly, Sr.; RB Malaefou MacKenzie, Sr.; P Tom Malone, Fr.; MLB Mike Pollard, Sr.; CB Darrell Rideaux, Sr.; OG Zach Wilson, Sr.

WASHINGTON: FL Paul Arnold, Sr.; SS Greg Carothers, Jr.; ILB Marquis Cooper, Jr.; ILB Ben Mahdavi, Sr.; OT Nick Newton, So.; TE Kevin Ware, Sr.; OLB Jafar Williams, Sr.

WASHINGTON STATE: P Kyle Basler, Fr.; FS Erik Coleman, Jr.; DE Isaac Brown, Jr.; FL Devard Darling, So.; CB Jason David, Jr.; PK Drew Dunning, Jr.; RB Jermaine Green, Jr.; C Tyler Hunt, Sr.; WR Jerome Riley, Sr.; DE Fred Shavies, Sr.; DT Jeremey Williams, Jr.

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