NEW YORK, NY (KAIT) - The NFL Draft streak continues for ASU. Defensive end Alex Carrington was selected 72nd overall by the Buffalo Bills, the 8th pick in the 3rd round Friday.
It's the fourth straight year a Red Wolves player has been selected in the NFL Draft. Fullback Oren O'Neal started the streak in 2007 (Raiders). Tyrell Johnson was selected in 2008 (Vikings), and David Johnson was drafted in 2009 (Steelers).
ASU has managed this feat for the third time in school history. Indians players were drafted by the NFL or USFL from 1974-1977 and 1983-1987.
Alex Carrington, the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was named a First Team 2009 All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2009 after completing the season with nine sacks that tied the most this season and eighth most all-time by an SBC player. He also recorded a team-high 14.5 sacks last season, which was the third most in the league. He completed his career with 21.5 sacks for the second most ever by an ASU player and the fourth most in Sun Belt history. He was listed on the 2009 Lombardi, Lott Trophy and Ted Hendricks watch lists. He was the 2008 Little Rock Touchdown Club's ASU Player of the Year and named CollegeFootballNews.com Midseason Second Team All-America. His 2008 season was one of the most dominating ever by a Sun Belt Conference defensive player, finishing just one sack shy of the Sun Belt Conference record 11.5. As a junior, he ranked tied for 14th in the nation in sacks and seventh in the nation in tackles for loss (1.58 per game). His 10.5 sacks in 2008 rank as the fourth most in ASU history and he posted at least one sack in seven. Carrington was a 2007 Honorbale Mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection. Carrington had the best season of his young career in 2007 with 38 tackles, including five for loss of 25 yards, and one sack . The Tupelo, Miss. native started six games at defensive end for ASU in 2006, and saw action in eight total games before suffering a season-ending injury. Carrington redshirted and participated on the scout team in 2006. While at Tupelo High School, Carrington recorded 84 tackles, six sacks and forced three fumbles as a senior.