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

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.

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