Terrell Suggs Wins Hendricks Award; Foregoes Senior Season For The NFL

Jan. 2, 2003

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Capping off the most individually decorated season in Arizona State football history, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs was named the winner of the inaugural Ted Hendrick's Award Thursday, awarded to the top defensive end in the nation. Suggs also announced that he would forego his senior season as a Sun Devil and enter the 2003 National Football League draft.

The honor comes after a standout season that saw Suggs set the NCAA record for sacks (24), finish the season with the most tackles for loss in the nation (31.5) 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, who hails from Chandler, Arizona, now holds ASU records for single season sacks, career sacks (44), single-season tackles for loss (31.5), and career tackles for loss (65.5). Already a consensus All-American selection and the 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 13 career multi-sack games. In 14 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.

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