Three Arizona State players added to the Sun Devils’ postseason haul Thursday, as defensive tackle Will Sutton, placekicker Zane Gonzalez and linebacker Salamo Fiso garnered All-America honors.
Sutton landed on USA TODAY Sports’ All-America first team in what’s likely the first of many such honors. Sutton was a consensus All-American in 2012 and this year repeated as the Pac-12’s Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year after collecting 42 tackles, 10 1/2 tackles for loss and three sacks in the regular season.
Gonzalez and Fiso earned freshman All-America honors from College Football News, giving ASU four freshman All-Americans in two seasons. Running back D.J. Foster and defensive tackle Jaxon Hood earned that recognition from FOX Sports Next last season.
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Gonzalez, a true freshman who joined ASU’s recruiting class late in the signing period, is 22 for 26 on field goals this season, including a long of 41 yards. He hit his 18th straight field goal in ASU’s win over Arizona to set a new school record but missed his next attempt in the loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game. Gonzalez has also set a school record for kickers by accounting for 127 points this season.
College Football News named Gonzalez, who last week made the All-Pac-12 first team, a second-team freshman All-American and Fiso an honorable-mention freshman All-American.
Fiso entered the season backing up incumbent sam linebacker Steffon Martin but jumped into the starting lineup for ASU’s fourth game of the season. He ranks third on the team with 62 tackles, including 5 1/2 for loss and three sacks.