TEMPE, Ariz. -- For the second time since coach Todd Graham created the tradition, Arizona State bestowed on one of is players a camouflage No. 42 practice jersey with "Tillman" on the back.
The current designee is All-America defensive tackle Will Sutton.
Graham started the tradition last season to honor the late former Sun Devil linebacker Pat Tillman by rewarding a defensive player for excelling on the field, off the field, in the community and in the classroom. Safety Alden Darby wore the jersey briefly last year.
"I was just doing everything right, coming out working real hard and doing everything off the field also," said Sutton, who admitted he was surprised by the honor. "I didn't think they were going to do this again because it had been a little while since Darby had it."
Added Graham: "You've got to earn it. You've got to bring it every day, and I'm telling you, he's been bringing it every day. He's coaching the other guys, he's telling guys 'This is not acceptable.' ...