Arizona State freshman Eric Gentry earns second All-American honor

Arizona State linebacker Eric Gentry was named freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, which recognized 27 athletes nationally.

Gentry, a Philadelphia native, becomes a consensus Freshman All-American, after receiving the honor from a majority of national publications. ESPN, Pro Football Focus, 247 Sports and Pro Football Network each awarded Gentry the accolade in addition to the FWAA. He is the first consensus freshman All-American at Arizona State since fellow linebacker Merlin Robertson in 2018.

Gentry has started the final three games of 2021 with Darien Butler sidelined with a concussion. His rookie campaign ended with a Las Vegas Bowl start against Wisconsin in which he had five tackles and one tackle for loss.

He finished his freshman season with 45 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, and two pass breakups while playing in all 13 games. He was one of three true Pac-12 freshman linebackers to play at least 250 snaps. The highlight of the season came in a crucial fourth save, when he faced UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson in the backfield for a momentum-changing play.

Earning his second career start in the season finale against Arizona, Gentry was all over the court in Arizona State’s 38-15 victory for its fifth straight Territorial Cup win. He had six tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss and a sack while taking on more responsibility in defense communication. ASU led by Gentry & Company allowed just six second-half points to seal the win.

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