Will Sutton

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Will Sutton
No. 93     Chicago Bears
Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-03) October 3, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Irvine, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Corona (CA) Centennial
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 2014 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

William "Will" Sutton (born October 3, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football at Arizona State. As a member of the 2012 team, he earned Pacific-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a 2012 College Football All-America Team selection. In high school, he led the undefeated 2008 Centennial High School California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championship football team in quarterback sacks. Sutton is the son of Mickey Sutton.

Early years[edit]

As a sophomore at Centennial High School in Corona, California in 2006, he totaled 11 tackles for the high school football team.[1] Centennial finished the 2007 season with a 13–2 record and ranked 24 by USA Today.[2] Sutton had 48 tackles for the 2007 team.[1] The undefeated 2008 Huskies team won a CIF state championship with the help of quarterback Taylor Martinez and Vontaze Burfict. The team finished the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.[3] Sutton totaled 101 tackles, led the state champions with 11.5 quarterback sacks and had four blocked punts.[1] Sutton was one of five Arizona State signees (three from class of 2008) from Centennial High School along with fellow Class of 2009 recruit Burfict.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Will Sutton
DT
Corona, CA Centennial High School (CA) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 261.5 lb (118.6 kg) 5.04 Jan 18, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 33 (DT)   Rivals: 42 (DT), 40 (CA)  ESPN: 68 (DT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

When he arrived at Arizona State, Sutton was expected to serve as a backup to returning Freshman All-American Lawrence Guy.[5] As a true freshman for the 2009 Sun Devils, Sutton played 12 games, including 2 starts, at a playing weight of 300 pounds (136 kg).[6] That season, against Washington State on October 10, 2009, both of his tackles were for a loss resulting in a quarterback sack and a forced fumble as part of a 27–14 victory.[7] The following season, he dropped 15 pounds (6.8 kg), but he was ruled academically ineligible.[6] By 2010, Arizona had six Centennial players on the roster (linebackers Burfict, Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons, defensive linemen Will Sutton and Lee Adams and wide receiver Angelo Magee), who were dubbed the Corona Six-Pack, a reference to the municipality and Corona Beer.[8] For the 2011 season, he cut down to 261 pounds (118 kg).[6]

In the September 8, 2012 45–14 victory against Illinois, Sutton had 8 tackles, 3 for a loss (including a quarterback sack).[9] In the September 29 27–17 victory against Cal, he had 8 tackles, 4 for a loss (including three quarterback sacks and a forced fumble) and earned Pacific-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week on October 1.[10][11] In the following game, which resulted in a 51–17 victory against Colorado on October 11, Sutton posted 3 tackles for a loss, including 2 quarterback sacks.[12] In the December 29, 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy, Sutton had 3.5 tackles for a loss, including 2.5 sacks.[13]

Sutton was among the 2012 national statistical leaders in both sacks and tackles for a loss,[14][15] and he helped the Arizona State defense rank among the national leaders in team sacks.[16] He earned First Team All-Pac-12 defensive lineman recognition for the 2012 Pacific-12 Conference football season by the Pac-12 head coaches as well as by CBS Sports.[17][18] That season he was named the 2012 Pacific-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches as well as the conference Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports.[19][20] He was then selected to various 2012 College Football All-America Teams, earning consensus All-American recognition. He was the fifteenth different Sun Devil and first since Thomas Weber in 2007 to earn the honor.[21] The following organizations chose him to their first team: American Football Coaches Association,[22] the Associated Press,[23] Athlon Sports,[24] CBSSports.com,[25] Lindy's Sports,[26] Sporting News,[27] Sports Illustrated.[28] He was also chosen to the second team by FoxSportsNext.com (formerly Scout.com) and Walter Camp Football Foundation.[29][30][31] He was also the co-winner of the Morris Trophy, by vote of the Pac-12 conference's offensive linemen.[32]

On January 8, 2013, Sutton announced that he will return to Arizona State University to play out his Senior year.[33] For the season, he had 10.5 tackles for a loss, including 3 sacks, and repeated Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Pac-12 Team.[34] Following the regular season, he earned first team All-American recognition by the Associated Press,[35] CBSSports.com,[36] USA Today,[37] second team recognition by Athlon Sports,[38] and honorable mention recognition by Sports Illustrated.[39]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS TT Solo Ast TFL Sack PDef INT FR FF
2009 Arizona State 12 3 17 6 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
2011 Arizona State 13 12 33 19 14 1 0 0 0
2012 Arizona State 12 12 63 41 22 23½ 13 5 0 0 3
NCAA Career Totals [40] 37 27 113 66 47 32 16½ 6 0 0 4

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 303 lb 31 14 in 10 in 5.36 s 4.82 s 7.93 s 28.5 in 8 ft 3 in 24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[41]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Sutton was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 82nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.[42][43] He signed a 4-year deal on May 15, 2014 which rendered the Bears to be the first team to sign their whole draft class.[44] On September 7, he posted a tackle in the first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills.[45] In week three of the season (On September 22) against the New York Jets, he made his first start while Jeremiah Ratliff was enduring the affects of a concussion.[46]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "90 Will Sutton". TheSunDevils.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  2. ^ Miami Northwestern crowned Super 25 champion, USA Today, December 26, 2007 
  3. ^ Fort Lauderdale's Aquinas finishes season atop Super 25, USA Today, December 22, 2008 
  4. ^ Kosmider, Nick (2009-02-11). "ASU adds wide receiver to recruiting class". State Press. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  5. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (2009-08-05). "Five key positions for ASU football". The Arizona Republic. AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b c Haller, Doug (2011-08-06). "ASU's Will Sutton hopes to make up for lost season: Defensive tackle missed last season because of academic issues". The Arizona Republic. AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ "ASU vs Washington State (Oct 10, 2009)". TheSunDevils.com. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  8. ^ Klein, Gary (2010-11-04). "Arizona State welcomes these border crossers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Illinois vs Arizona State (Sep 08, 2012)". TheSunDevils.com. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  10. ^ "Mannion, Sutton and Dugandzic named Pac-12 players of the week". PAC-12.com. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Taylor Kelly keys Arizona State's victory against Cal". ESPN. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Arizona State vs Colorado (Oct 11, 2012)". TheSunDevils.com. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  13. ^ "Taylor Kelly, Arizona State rout Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl". ESPN. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  14. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Pass Sacks". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  15. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Tackles for Loss". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  16. ^ "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Report: Pass Sacks". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  17. ^ "PAC-12 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced". PAC-12.com. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  18. ^ Gould, Jon (2012-12-02). "CBSSports.com's Pac-12 All-Conference Team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  19. ^ "Sutton Named Pat Tillman Defensive Player Of The Year, 14 Others Earn Conference Honors: Will Sutton is the fifth Sun Devil to earn conference defensive player of the year recognition". TheSunDevils.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  20. ^ "Sutton Named CBSSports.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year: Sutton also earned the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award". TheSunDevils.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  21. ^ "Sutton Named To Walter Camp All-America Team, Becomes Sun Devils' 18th Consensus All-American: Sutton is the 13th Sun Devil to earn Walter Camp All-America honors". TheSunDevils.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  22. ^ "AFCA Announces 2012 FBS All-America Team". American Football Coaches Association. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  23. ^ Fornelli, Tom (December 11, 2012). "AP releases 2012 All-America Teams". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Sutton Named To Athlon Sports All-America Team: This is Sutton's third First Team All-America selection this postseason". TheSunDevils.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  25. ^ "CBSSports.com 2012 College Football All-America Team". CBS Sports. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  26. ^ "Lindy’s announces its 2012 All-America Teams". Lindy's Sports. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  27. ^ "College football All-Americans: Sporting News' take on the best". Sporting News. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  28. ^ "SI.com's 2012 All-America Team". Sports Illustrated. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  29. ^ "FoxSportsNext.com 2012 All-America Team". Scout.com. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  30. ^ "Pac-12 on Walter Camp All-America team". ESPN. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  31. ^ "Walter Camp 123rd All-America Team". Walter Camp Football Foundation. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  32. ^ "Sutton, Yankey win Morris Awards". ESPN. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  33. ^ Gemmell, Kevin (2013-01-08). "Will Sutton return to Arizona State". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  34. ^ "Pac-12 football awards and all-conference teams announced". Pac-12 Conference. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  35. ^ "AP All-America Team, List". Associated Press. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  36. ^ "Winston, Donald lead CBSSports.com College Football All-America team". CBS Sports. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  37. ^ "USA TODAY Sports' All-America college football first team". USA Today. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  38. ^ Lassan, Steven (2013-12-12). "College Football's 2013 Postseason All-America Team". Athlon Sports Communications. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  39. ^ Lassan, Steven (2013-12-17). "Jameis Winston, Aaron Donald lead SI.com's 2013 All-America Team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  40. ^ Will Sutton Profile. thesundevils.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  41. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/will-sutton?id=2543691
  42. ^ Dickerson, Jeff (2014-05-09). "Bears pick DT Will Sutton in 3rd". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  43. ^ Bowen, Matt (2014-05-10). "Bears 3rd-round pick could prove a steal: If Will Sutton can keep weight down he can be explosive player with quickness off ball that allows him to be disruptive". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  44. ^ Alper, Josh (2014-05-15). "Bears sign Will Sutton to wrap up draft class". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  45. ^ "Bills 23 (1-0, 1-0 away); Bears 20 (0-1, 0-1 home)". ESPN. 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  46. ^ Finley, Patrick (2014-09-22). "Bears rookie DT Will Sutton gets off to bad start". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 

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