Suggs And McDonald Named To The Sporting News All-American Team
Dec. 24, 2002
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 Pac-10. He was also honored as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all Pac-10 selection. Suggs has now been selected to six of the seven All-American teams and is just one shy (Football News) of becoming a unanimous choice.
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 13 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.