The House of Sparky staff is handing out its end of season awards. The next honor we’re handing out is awarded to our Defensive Player of the Year.
Our Defensive Player of the Year: junior Devilbacker Koron Crump
Todd Graham has a history with JUCO transfer recruits, and he warned observers back in spring of the ability former Fort Scott (Kan.) standout Koron Crump offered the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Said Graham in April: "If you said ‘who is a newcomer or new player who's made the best transition?’ Crump. He's a guy that—he won't always do it right, but he's gonna do it 100 mph and he's got a lot of athleticism, and he's gotta continue to be more physical. But he's a guy that out of all of the newcomers, he's really stood out to me the most."
In his first year in Tempe, Crump established himself as a pass-rushing force, tallying nine sacks (fourth most in Pac-12) and securing a vacant Devilbacker role.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound linebacker logged two or more sacks in single-game showings against California, UCLA and Washington State. During all three contests, his sacks came in key late-game situations.
However, Crump’s knack for bringing down the quarterback wasn’t the lone contribution he made to the team.
Several of Crump’s 37 total tackles on the year came on impressive chase-from-behind takedowns, such as when his efforts against UCLA and Arizona rescued the ASU defense from conceding a touchdown. His incredible speed was also utilized on special teams, most notably as a gunner on ASU’s punt unit.
Crump’s impact in the turnover department was impressive, too. He forced three fumbles, recovered three, and intercepted a pass he returned for a 59-yard touchdown.
For his explosiveness off the edge as a pass rusher and his habit of showing up in big spots for ASU, Crump was our staff’s unanimous choice for Defensive Player of the Year.
Check back in to House of Sparky tomorrow to see who will be named our Most Improved Player of the Year.