Five @ASUFootball student-athletes named to AP All-Pac-12 Team
TEMPE, Ariz. – Five Sun Devil Football student-athletes were named to the Associated Press' 2020 All-Pac-12 Team as announced by the AP on Friday morning.
Sophomore G Dohnovan West, redshirt junior DE Tyler Johnson and redshirt senior CB Chase Lucas earned first-team recognition while senior S Evan Fields and junior DT Jermayne Lole garnered second-team honors.
Earlier this week, the Sun Devils placed 10 student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Conference Team as selected by the league's head coaches.
For notes on ASU's AP All-Conference choices, see below:
Dohnovan West – First Team
- Returning freshman All-American Dohnovan West built upon his brilliant freshman campaign with an excellent four-game run as a sophomore.
- A 2020 All-Pac-12 First Team selection (coaches), West was a key reason why the Sun Devils averaged over 264 yards per game on the ground, the highest total since the 1981 season.
- The Mission Hills, Calif., native worked hard in the offseason to put on muscle and it paid off on the field.
- Named the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week after ASU's 70-7 victory over Arizona (12/14).
- Among players with at least 250 offensive snaps West was the 16th-highest graded overall offensive player in the Pac-12, regardless of position, with a score of 76.5 from Pro Football Focus.
- He was the highest graded guard in the entire league and the sixth-highest graded offensive lineman overall as well.
- As a pass blocker, West recorded a grade of 81.3 this season, the fifth-highest overall grade in the Pac-12 and second among the league's guards.
- He was the 27th-highest graded guard in the entire FBS as a pass blocker and the 29th-highest graded guard overall in the FBS as well.
- West allowed just two quarterback pressures this season, which was tied for the fourth-fewest in the FBS among guards with at least 120 pass blocking reps. It was also the lowest tally for a guard in the Pac-12.
- He was not credited with a sack allowed for the season.
Tyler Johnson – First Team
- Redshirt junior Tyler Johnson thrived in co-defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis and Antonio Pierce's scheme, developing into one of the most feared pass rushers in the conference.
- Named 2020 All-Pac-12 Second Team (coaches), Johnson finished the season with 16 tackles and was the team leader with 7.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
- Johnson was disruptive all season long getting into opposing backfields, recovering two fumbles and deflecting a pass.
- After an incredible 4.5 tackle for loss and 3-sack performance against UCLA, Johnson was named the Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week (12/7).
- The seventh-highest graded edge defender in the Pac-12 as a pass rusher with a score of 71.9 from Pro Football Focus.
- Johnson was the ninth-highest graded edge defender in the Pac-12 overall with a grade of 71.2.
- Credited with just one missed tackle on the year on 173 total snaps.
- Generated 21 total pressures on the season – the fifth-highest total among edge defenders in the league despite playing 100 fewer pass-rushing snaps than three of the players ranked ahead of him.
- With 21 pressures on 95 total pass rushing snaps, Johnson created a pressure on 22.1 percent of his plays as an edge rusher.
- His one-on-one win percentage of 18.3 was 10th among edge defenders in the league.
Chase Lucas – First Team
- Redshirt senior defensive back Chase Lucas enjoyed a nearly flawless season, proving why he was considered one of the top returning corners in the conference heading into the season.
- A 2020 All-Pac-12 Second-Team honoree (coaches), it was the second time Lucas earned second-team honors, also doing so as a redshirt freshman in 2017.
- Lucas shut down the passing game to his side of the field for the Sun Devil defense, finishing the season with 15 tackles (14 solo), five pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
- He showed his versatility and physicality chipping-in to provide support in defending the opposing running game.
- Among players with at least 250 defensive snaps, Lucas was the fifth-highest graded defensive player in the Pac-12, regardless of position, with a score of 81.4 from Pro Football Focus. He was the highest-rated cornerback in the league.
- Lucas recorded a score of 84.8 in pass coverage for the season, the highest for a cornerback in the league and the second-highest of any defensive player.
- He was the sixth-highest graded cornerback in the nation in pass coverage and the 12th-highest graded cornerback in the country overall.
- Forced an incompletion on 27.3 percent of the passes thrown his way, the ninth-best tally among corners nationally.
- Targeted just 22 times on the season despite playing over 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps, allowing just 14 catches.
Evan Fields – Second Team
- Senior Evan Fields has improved dramatically every season since arriving in Tempe, with this year proving to be no different.
- Named 2020 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention by the league's coaches, Fields earned a reputation as one of the best tacklers from the safety position.
- Fields stuffed the stat sheet with a memorable senior season, finishing with a team-high 38 tackles in only eight games.
- The Oklahoma City, Okla., native forced three fumbles in four games, the most of any player in the conference.
- He collected 28 solo tackles in four games, averaging seven stops by himself per game.
- Broke up one pass and forced several other completions with his presence and instincts.
Jermayne Lole – Second Team
- Junior defensive lineman Jermayne Lole enjoyed a brilliant junior season, thriving after an offseason move to the inside.
- Named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention by the league's coaches for the second consecutive season, Lole has been nearly un-blockable this season, frequently getting penetration into opposing backfields and disrupting the play.
- Managed to still be extremely productive despite his move inside, collecting with 24 tackles, five tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
- Lole forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and knocked down two passes, while fighting through double teams of opposing defenses.
The 2020 Associated Press All-Pac-12 team is selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the league for newspapers or broadcast outlets.