The Backstory: Throughout our countdown of Sun Devil Legends, we have highlighted many great ASU pass rushers. Dexter Davis and Vernon Maxwell are two of the best in school history. However, one defensive playmaker stands out over the rest. He is Sun Devil Legend Terrell Suggs.
Suggs is a local product, coming out of Hamilton High School where he was a two-way star on the football field. He was the Arizona Player of the Year by USA Today his senior year and rated the 60th best high school player in 2000 by The Sporting News.
He was a star in any sport he played, lettering three times in basketball and once in track and field. He set the 5A record for rushing yards in a game with 367 in 1999. Even though he may not admit that he attended ASU, Suggs may be the best defensive player in school history.
The Player: Terrell Suggs (2000-2002)
Suggs started nine games in his freshman season in 2000. He posted 48 total tackles and 10 sacks that season, on his way to being named a freshman All-American. His 10 sacks ranked second in the conference and he was first in the Pac-10 in solo sacks.
Suggs also broke up three passes and forced four fumbles in 2000. Against Louisiana-Lafayette he recorded 10 tackles and four tackles for loss. He was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
He started all 11 games in 2001, racking up 42 tackles and 10 sacks. Suggs earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors and was named a third team All-American. He had 18 tackles for loss in 2001, and posted six sacks in his first four games.
After his first two seasons in Tempe, Suggs ranked top 10 in career sacks and tackles for loss. He most likely would have made this list as our No. 48 selection if he stopped playing after two years. However, his junior season ranks as the best single season performance by any Sun Devil.
That season, in 2002, Suggs broke the NCAA single season sack record with 24 and his 31.5 tackles for loss led the nation. He was named a Unanimous First Team All-American and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
Suggs won every single national defensive award including the Ted Hendricks Award (Best Defensive End), Rotary Lombardi Award (Best Lineman), Bronko Nagurski Award (Defensive Player of the Year) and the Pac-10's Morris Trophy as the league's best lineman.
He remains as the school leader in career sacks with 44 and tackles for loss with 65.5. Suggs left Arizona State after that spectacular junior season, on his way to greener pastures in the NFL.
In the Pros
Suggs was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He was named the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 after racking up 12 sacks. Suggs has been named to five Pro Bowls and was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 after leading the NFL in sacks.
In 2013, he won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. He has 84.5 career sacks and over 500 total tackles in his career. In 2012, Suggs was named the 11th best player in the league in NFL.com's list of the top 100 players.
Who Wears it Now
The number 48 is currently worn by redshirt sophomore Alex Bykovskiy. He is from Federal Way, Washington, and does not have any stats thus far.