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Arizona State junior defensive tackle Will Sutton will receive his Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year trophy before Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Perhaps the best part: Members of Tillman's family will be on hand to help present it.

In 2004, the conference named its top defensive award after Tillman, a former ASU standout who was killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with the Army Rangers. Sutton, a consensus All-American, was named this year's winner last month.

During the regular season, he ranked among the nation's leaders with 10.5 quarterback sacks and 20 tackles for loss. Sutton injured his foot in the regular-season finale against Arizona, but coach Todd Graham expects him to be at full strength against Navy.

That's not good news for Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo.

"He's so disruptive," Niumatalolo said. "You can tell he's a very intelligent player. Even when he hasn't made plays, he's created so much havoc he's made the ball bounce to other people. ... You have the euphoria of winning the Army game then you put in that tape and see Sutton, and you're just like 'Ah, jeez.'"


ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has attracted off-season interest from a few schools, including, according to one report, Auburn.

The recruiting website reported this month that new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn looked at Norvell before hiring Rhett Lashlee as his offensive coordinator.

Malzahn and Norvell worked on Graham's staff at Tulsa.

According to sources, Norvell is happy at ASU and is not looking to go anywhere.

In his first full season with all coordinator duties, Norvell had hurdles to clear. The Sun Devils had three scholarship quarterbacks, but none had started a collegiate contest. They also lost three starting offensive linemen and three of last season's top four receivers.

Still, ASU took to a new fast-paced, no-huddle attack, averaging 36.4 points during the regular season, the school's most since 2005. The Sun Devils averaged 190.8 rushing yards, the program's most since 1997. Junior tight end Chris Coyle also thrived, entering Saturday's game needing just four catches to set a school season record for tight-end receptions.

Norvell, one of the country's youngest offensive coordinators at 31, also made mistakes. He drew criticism for switching quarterbacks during a pivotal drive in a 24-20 loss to Missouri on Sept 15. His play-calling also was questioned in the final minutes of the first half of ASU's Oct. 27 loss to UCLA.


According to Tim Cassidy, senior associate athletic director for football operations, ASU will train next year at Camp Tontozona for a minimum of five days and maybe for as many as 10. The biggest hurdle: summer school.

Bowl officials said 32,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's game. They're hoping for 35,000. Capacity at AT&T Park is 40,000.

Saturday's forecast calls for a 40percent chance of showers. The Sun Devils don't have much experience in the rain, but they insist they're prepared. Throughout the season, ASU has done "wet-ball" drills, where the ball is soaked before each snap.

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