TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Friday he believes All-American defensive tackle Will Sutton will return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft.
"He does want to get his degree, he does think he can improve a lot, he does know that he's benefited from the system that we have here and the people we have in place here to teach him," Graham said. "If you asked me what I think, I think he will come back."
Sutton, a consensus All-American and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, said at the end of the regular season that he would decide whether to return for his senior season after ASU's bowl game. The Sun Devils take on Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29.
Graham, after ASU's Friday practice, said he wants Sutton to evaluate what his professional prospects would be were he to leave ASU early and factor that into his decision.
"You definitely want to get that evaluation and see," Graham said. "I treat them just like they're my son. ...