ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils first team' defensive line

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Breaking down the best defensive lineman in the history of Arizona State football.

Yesterday we broke down the best cornerbacks to ever wear maroon and gold. Now, we reach the defensive line, a position where Arizona State is not short on history.

From its only two-time Pac-12 Defensive player of the year to a player who shattered the NCAA single season sack record, here is your All-Sun Devils first team defensive line.

Jim Jeffcoat

Jeffcoat starred at Arizona State from 1979-82, improving each season he wore maroon and gold. Jeffcoat led Arizona State in sacks and tackles for loss in 1981, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and in 1982 he turned in one of the most impressive seasons ever for an Sun Devil defender.

That season he finished with 111 tackles and earned honorable mention All-American honors from several publications including the Associated Press. He was named the Defensive MVP of the 1983 Fiesta Bowl, where Arizona State defeated Oklahoma.

Jeffcoat finished his Arizona State career with 20 sacks and was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1983. He finished his NFL career with 102.5 career sacks and two interceptions and is currently a defensive coach for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Terrell Suggs

Suggs made our first team All-Sun Devils team as a linebacker mainly because of his production in the NFL. However, he goes down as the best defensive end in Arizona State history.

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. He was named the Pac-10 freshman of the year in 2000.

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.

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.

Al Harris

Harris started on the Sun Devil defensive line for three seasons in the 1970s. In 1976, Harris led Arizona State with 10 tackles for loss and earned honorable mention All-Western Conference honors. The next season, Harris amassed 107 tackles and was named first team All-Western Conference.

In 1978, Harris recorded 19 sacks, which stands behind only Terrell Suggs in the Arizona State record books for single season sacks. Harris was named first team All-Pac-10 and was a consensus All-American.

He left the Sun Devils after that season and was selected by the Chicago Bears with the No. 9 overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.

Will Sutton

The most recent member of this list, Sutton's accomplishments remain fresh in the minds of Sun Devil fans. Sutton appeared in all 12 games as a freshman in 2009 and in 2011 he made 12 starts at defensive tackle.

Sutton's breakout year came in 2012, where he amassed 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks on his way to being named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year. He was named to the first team All-Pac-12 team and was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award.

Despite his numbers being down in 2013, Sutton was once again named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year. He is the only Sun Devil to win the award twice and only the second player in conference history (Steve Emtman - Washington) to be named defensive player of the year twice.

His senior season, Sutton made others around him better. Teams had to focus on him in the middle of the defense, leaving open gaps on the outside for players such as Davon Coleman, Gannon Conway and Carl Bradford.

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