It’s a busy day for the ASU football team as they gear up for Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Here’s a quick rundown of everything going on within the program on Tuesday:
Merlin Wins DFOY
The ASU linebacker wasted no time making an impact on the field for the Sun Devils.
The true freshman led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions in a defense that was sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring defense. On Tuesday, he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Robertson is the third player to win the award, joining Vontaze Burfict and Junior Onyeali.
This @ASUFootball freshman led the team in total tackles, tackles for loss & sacks, including two key ones in ASU's win over MSU.@_Merlin_2 is your #Pac12FB Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.
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— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) December 5, 2018
All Pac-12 Selections
The Pac-12 all-conference team was also announced on Tuesday, and seven Sun Devils got nods for the team.
Wide receiver N’Keal Harry was named to the first team as a wide receiver and second team as a special team return specialist. Running back Eno Benjamin was also named to the first team and is 42 yards away from setting the school’s all-time season rushing record. Offensive lineman Cohl Cabral was named to the second team and Quinn Bailey, Aashari Crosswell, Casey Tucker and Renell Wren were all honorable mentions.
The Sun Devils also added a commitment from three-star cornerback Willie Harts from Pittsburg, California on Tuesday. Harts held offers from fellow Pac-12 schools Oregon State, Cal and Washington State. As a senior, he had four receiving touchdowns, 24 tackles and two interceptions. The Sun Devils have the #35 class in the nation and fifth in the Pac-12 according to 247Sports. Harts joins Jordan Clark as the two cornerbacks in the Sun Devils’ 2019 class.