Minutes after receiving the inaugural Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end, Terrell Suggs announced he was leaving Arizona State for the NFL draft.

WR Shaun McDonald also opted to turn pro, disclosing his intentions at a joint news conference.

Dirk Koetter, who coached the Sun Devils (8-6) to their best season since 1997 in his second year with the program, supported both players in their decision.

Koetter and George Wynn, Arizona State's director of football operations, helped Suggs and McDonald petition the NFL after the regular season to get draft projections -- Suggs in the first round and McDonald in the second -- and counseled them about what they might be offered financially.

* RIX RETURNS: QB Chris Rix will start again for Florida State during spring drills after his suspension for the Sugar Bowl.

Coach Bobby Bowden said Rix let the team down when he failed to take a final exam and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl. Rix said he was worried about his father's health when he overslept and missed the test.

"We've got to make sure he don't miss nothing," Bowden said. "There is no excuse. He has simply got to be there. We expect them to get up and go to class, we expect them to go eat."

Fabian Walker made his first college start in a 26-13 Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia on Wednesday. He will be on the second team and redshirt freshman Wyatt Sexton will be the third-team quarterback.

* OBITUARY: Al Bart, a member of Fordham's famed Seven Blocks of Granite line, died at age 87. He died Sunday in Kettering, Ohio.

Bart played at Fordham in 1935-37. His teammates on the line were Vince Lombardi and Alex Wojciechowicz, both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Nat Pierce, Ed Franco, John Druze and Leo Paquin. Druze is the only one still alive.

At Fordham, Bart played by the name Al Babartsky but later shortened his last name because people frequently misspelled it.

-- From News Services