Suggs And McDonald Earn Associated Press All-America Honors
Dec. 17, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University defensive end Terrell Suggs and wide receiver Shaun McDonald were among 25 players selected Tuesday to The Associated Press All-America team. Suggs earned another first-team honor, while McDonald claimed third team distinction. Suggs is a consensus All-America selection and just two honors shy (The Sporting News and The Football News) of becoming Arizona State's second all-time unanimous All-America choice since Al Harris accomplished the feat in1978. Suggs is the 12th ASU player in history to earn consensus all-America honors. It is the 15th time an ASU player has earned the distinction.
The AP honor comes after a standout 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 Pac-10. 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, and winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Pac-10's Morris 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.
McDonald, also a junior from Phoenix, was the other recipient of the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award for the Sun Devils. McDonald set the ASU single-season record for receiving yards (1,291) and catches (76), helped by two games this season with over 200 yards receiving. He was one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to the best wide receiver in the nation. McDonald is the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Biletnikoff.
The Big Ten led all conferences with seven All-Americans, followed by the Pac-10 and Big 12 with five apiece. The All-America team was selected by the following sports writers: Andrew Bagnato (Chicago Tribune); Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Bill Campbell (Dallas Morning News); Chris Dufresne (Los Angeles Times); Dick Weiss (New York Daily News); Rusty Miller (AP Columbus, Ohio); Paul Newberry (AP Atlanta); Ken Peters (AP Los Angeles); Alan Robinson (AP Pittsburgh); John Zenor (AP Montgomery, Ala.); and Richard Rosenblatt (AP national college football writer).