Redshirt Senior Defensive End
6'5", 263 lbs.
Class of 2008 (Enrolled in 2009)
4 Stars, #1 Prep School Weak-side Defensive End
Other offers: Florida
Sutton's ascent to the top of the depth chart serves as a nice lesson in player development, perseverance and patience. A three-star out of high school, Sutton signed with South Carolina over Florida but spent the 2008 season at Fork Union Prep before joining the team in fall of 2009. That year, he saw minimal field time before a hamstring injury netted him a medical redshirt. While the 2010 season opener against Southern Miss is remembered by most as Marcus Lattimore's first game as a Gamecock, it also yielded Sutton's first career sack. His other big play that season came in the blowout against Troy, when he returned an interception for a touchdown. His playing time increased in 2011, but it wasn't til last season when he put up breakout numbers and established himself as the clearcut heir to Devin Taylor's spot on the line. A benefactor of Carolina's four-end rabbit package, Sutton racked up five sacks, seven tackles for loss and forced two of fumbles in 2012.
13 games, 1 start
Sutton was born in 1989 which, unless I'm missing someone, makes him our only starter to be born before 1990. In fact, a brief scan tells me he may be the only 80s baby in our entire two deep (although I may have overlooked someone.) I'm assuming we have at least one walk-on who's 25 or something, but who knows? Sutton may well be the last Gamecock player born pre-1990—that is until the next Tim "Pops" Frisby comes along.
Possible Todd Ellis play-by-play call:
"James Franklin takes the snap, scans the field, finds no one but he's got to get rid of it—and there's #90, tearing him down for the sack! Get it, Chaz! We need to issue a warning, folks: Those who linger in the pocket will experience Sutton Impact!"