ASU’s Todd Graham wins Pac-12 Coach of the Year

Arizona State’s run to the Pac-12 Championship game has earned

the Sun Devils plenty of hardware.

Todd Graham was named the Pac-12 coach of the year on Monday and

defensive end Will Sutton became the second player to repeat as

defensive player of the year after leading the 11th-ranked Sun

Devils to 10 wins and a spot in the Pac-12 title game on

Saturday.

Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the

year and UCLA two-way star Myles Jack was the offensive and

defensive freshman of the year, the first time that’s happened

since the awards were added in 2008.

Graham led Arizona State to eight wins, including its first

victory in a bowl since 2007, in his first season in the desert and

topped that this season by getting the Sun Devils within a game of

their first Rose Bowl since 1997.

Arizona State had six players on the first team to match

Stanford, the Sun Devils’ opponent in the conference championship

game.

”I’m obviously extremely honored to receive that,” Graham

said. ”I can tell you, that’s an honor that’s reflective of our

staff, coaching staff recognition. I’m very proud of our guys and

what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

A senior, Sutton joins Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman

(1990-91) as the only players to repeat as the conference player of

the year after another superb season on Arizona State’s line.

Though his numbers were down from a year ago, Sutton was one of

the nation’s most disruptive players, finishing the regular season

with 10.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks, and had the

game-sealing interception in a close road win over Utah.

”When I got a call from Coach Graham last night, I saw that it

was him and thought I was in trouble and wasn’t sure I should

answer it or not,” Sutton said. ”I never thought I’d get the

defensive player of the year twice. My numbers are down a little

bit, but we’re winning so it didn’t matter to me. Winning this is

just crazy.”

Carey was an All-American last season after leading the nation

in rushing yards per game and was just as good this season to

become Arizona’s first offensive player of the year.

Despite teams gearing up to stop him, the junior ran for 1,716

yards and 18 touchdowns with a per-game average of 156, which was

second nationally to Boston College’s Andre Williams.

Jack started the season as a linebacker, but became a two-way

player when UCLA’s coaches put him in at running back against

Arizona on Nov. 9. He ran for 120 yards, including a 66-yard

touchdown that sealed the game, and has been in the Bruins’

backfield ever since.

Jack had 70 tackles and an interception as a linebacker and ran

for 267 yards – with a 7.2 per-carry average – and seven touchdowns

as a running back.