Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American, and Stanford guard David Yankey were named the winners of the Pac-12's 33rd annual Morris Trophy on Tuesday.
The key attribute of the Morris Trophy is the selection procedure: The league’s starting offensive linemen vote for the defensive winner and vice versa. So it's guys rewarding the player they think is the best.
Here's the rest of the release from the Pac-12:
Yankey, a 6-foot-5, 301-pound junior from Roswell, Ga., is a 13-game starter for the Cardinal. He anchors an offensive line that allowed a Conference-low 17 sacks (1.42 per game) during the regular season while paving the way for a rushing attack that averaged 173.58 yards per game on the ground during the regular season. Yankey, who is a first team All-Pac-12 selection and an American Football Coaches of America (AFCA) All-American, has played four of the five positions on the offensive line and has lined up at tight end this season. He is the second Stanford offensive lineman, and the third Cardinal lineman overall, to win the Morris Trophy.
Sutton, a 6-foot-1, 267-pound redshirt junior from Corona, Calif., leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth in the FBS with 1.82 tackles for loss per game (20 total). He also ranks 13th in the nation (third in the Conference) with .95 sacks per game (10.5 total) and paces a Sun Devil defense that has averaged 4.0 sacks and 8.83 tackles for loss per game in 2012; both figures rank second nationally. Sutton earned a Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week nod after collecting eight tackles (six solo), including three sacks, and forced a fumble in a victory over California. A first team AFCA All-American, he is the fifth Sun Devil to win the Morris Trophy and the third ASU defensive lineman to earn the honor.
The Morris Trophy is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club, the 101 club, Athletic Awards of Seattle and the Morris Trophy Foundation. It was created by Traci (Morris) Drake in 1980 and named after her father, G. Patrick Morris, who was its sponsor for 29 years. Yankey and Sutton will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on Jan. 17, 2013.