Sutton playing beyond his years

Sutton playing beyond his years

How many 17 year olds do you know playing college football? How about starting on a Pac 10 football team? Not too many. Will Sutton is 17 years old and thanks to an injury to Lawrence Guy, started his first collegiate game last Saturday, quite the feat for any true freshman.

Not only did Sutton start, he had an impressive debut.

"I played really good," Sutton said when asked about his performance against Idaho State, "I had four tackles and I felt real good playing too."

Sutton had a good fall camp and used an injury opening to take over on the first team. He said it was extra special that his first collegiate game was also his first start.

"Yeah, it did. I was really happy," Sutton smiled, "I worked hard and it showed."

Most 17 year olds would be shaking nervous playing in front 42,000 fans at Sun Devil Stadium, but it didn't faze a mature Sutton.

"I wasn't nervous at all, I was excited," Sutton said, "I love the game and I never back down from anything. I couldn't sleep the night before."

Sutton admitted that he might have come out a little too excited on the first series, but he says that once he settled in, everything was fine.

"The first series I was playing too fast," he admitted, "having some jitters. But I settled down and just started playing football."

Sutton got to share his first game with fellow Centennial High School alum Vontaze Burfict. The two have been teammates now for five years.

"We have been playing together since freshman year of high school so that was really cool," Sutton noted.

Centennial had a list of players atop ASU's leading tackles list from Saturday. Brandon Magee and Burfict each had five, while Sutton had four. Sutton said that playing with a dominant defense is something he certainly is used to.

"It was real fun, but that is how we played in high school," Sutton commented. "The defense pretty much just dominating. It just felt like I was back in high school again."

There was quite an age difference amongst starters on the defensive line against the Bengals, with the 17-year-old Sutton and Dean DeLeone coming in at 26.

"It is kind of (weird)," Sutton said about playing with a guy nearly a decade older than him, "I am only 17 and he is 26, so that is a real big difference. He is only a junior too. He is a really funny guy and a real cool guy to hang around with."

Even though Sutton is going to play a lot this season as a true freshman, he still has goals to improve and isn't content at where he is.

"Just hitting the weight room and trying to get stronger," Sutton responded when asked what he feels he has to improve the most on.

Now it is all about resting up and coming back ready to play in college game number two.

"I'm happy, two months straight and now we finally get a couple of days off," Sutton said. "It feels real good to get some time off after the long camp."

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