Will Sutton won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award for a second-straight season. Six members of the defense were named to the All-Pac-12 first or second team. But for the Arizona State Sun Devils this season, you could argue that the best player on their defense was the one who got none of the spotlight. Defensive end Davon Coleman was a key piece of the Sun Devils’ run to a Pac-12 South division title this season even if nobody heard about him.
Looking at his stats from this year, it’s difficult to imagine how the senior defensive linemen was overlooked. He finished the year with 15.0 tackles for loss, tied for 26th in the nation and 7th in the Pac-12. His 8.5 sacks tied him for the team lead with Carl Bradford and were tied for 26th most in the country and 5th most in the conference. He all ASU defensive linemen on the year with his 58 tackles, averaging close to 4.5 tackles per game.
But beyond the stats, Coleman could always be counted on to make major impacts in a game. In the Pac-12 Championship game against the Stanford Cardinal, he blew past All-Pac-12 offensive guard David Yankey to bring down Kevin Hogan in under three seconds. Earlier in the year, he blocked a field goal against the Oregon State Beavers to help seal the win and caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Kelly in a blowout win over the Colorado Buffaloes. He was consistent and versatile all year long, finding just about every way possible to make a contribution this season.
Despite all of that, however, he was only able to net an honorable mention in the All-Conference selections. Part of that may have been the highly decorated defense around him, but Coleman did more than enough to likely earn a little spotlight for himself in 2013. But even though he didn’t get the attention he probably deserved, don’t expect his contributions to slow down for ASU when they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Holiday Bowl.