ASU Football Squad Faces Stanford On Saturday
Nov. 6, 2000
Coming off their NCAA-record third consecutive overtime game and the second double-overtime defeat in as many weeks in a 44-38 loss to USC last weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road for their final two games of the season, heading to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. Mountain Time and 2 p.m. Pacific Time at Stanford Stadium. Needing just one more victory to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons and looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Sun Devils enter Saturday's game with a 5-4 overall record and a 2-4 league mark which puts the team into a three-way tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 with Cal and Stanford. Stanford has lost two straight games and brings a 3-6 overall record and a 2-4 league mark into Saturday's game.
In the Series
Arizona State leads the all-time series with Stanford 11-5 including a 5-2 advantage in Palo Alto, Calif. The Sun Devils have won six of the last eight contests, while the Pac-10 Champion and Rose Bowl-bound Cardinal took home a 50-30 victory last year at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU has also earned victories in the last three games at Stanford Stadium and six of the last seven with the last Stanford home victory coming in 1988. ASU head coach Bruce Snyder is 5-5-1 all time vs. the Cardinal, including a 5-2 record at ASU, while Stanford boss Tyrone Willingham is 2-3 vs. the Sun Devils.
There will be no live television for the game. The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry the game live on its 12-station network on XTRA 910 AM and KFYI 550 AM. Tim Healey, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Vince Marotta and Doug Plank (pregame and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
First-year running backs coach Vincent White is a 1984 graduate of Stanford, starring at tailback for the Cardinal from 1979-82. In 1982 as a senior, White led the nation in receiving with nearly seven catches a game and turned in 15 touchdowns and 1,275 all-purpose years en route to first-team All-Pac-10 and honorable-mention All-America accolades.
What Time Is It Anyway?
The state of Arizona never changes its clocks, remaining on Mountain Standard Time all year. With the time change on October 29, Arizona is now on Mountain Standard Time, meaning that Saturday's game in Palo Alto, Calif., will start at 3 p.m. Mountain and 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
Last Time Out
For the third consecutive week, Arizona State's game went to overtime and for the second straight week, the Sun Devils lost a heart-breaking double-overtime game, this time falling to the USC Trojans 44-38 at Sun Devil Stadium. In the second overtime period, USC's Chad Pierson scored on a 2-yard run, ASU sophomore Mike Pinkard blocked John Wall's PAT kick and USC ended the game with a fumble recovery to snap a five-game losing streak, the team's longest in nine years. In the first overtime, sophomore Mike Barth kicked his third field goal ï¿½ a 27-yarder ï¿½ and Wall tied it with a 23-yarder. Barth also hit a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 45-yarder in the third. Arizona State mounted what is believed to be the largest comeback in school history to send the game to overtime, scoring 29 unanswered points to overcome USC's 35-6 third quarter lead. ASU scored four touchdowns in the final 15:46 of regulation and capped their comeback when senior quarterback Griffin Goodman, who replaced freshman starter Jeff Krohn who suffered a cut thumb in the third quarter, threw a 2-point conversion pass to junior Donnie O'Neal, who caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Goodman with 4:21 left. Goodman threw a 45-yard pass to Tom Pace for one touchdown, Pace ran three yards for another and Shaun McDonald scored on an 81-yard punt return ï¿½ the fourth-longest in Arizona State history.
Back-to-Back in the Pac-10
With back-to-back double-overtime losses to Oregon and USC, Arizona State dropped back-to-back conference games for just the second time in the last four seasons. Earlier this season, the Sun Devils rebounded from a loss at UCLA in the team's Pac-10 opener with a 30-10 win over Cal and then came back from a 21-15 loss to Washington with a 23-20 overtime victory at Washington State. Since 1995, the Sun Devils' only other back-to-back Pac-10 losses came at Oregon and at Arizona to end the 1998 season.
With an NCAA-record three consecutive overtime games this season, Arizona State now holds a 3-2 record in overtime since the rule was instituted in 1996. Before this season, the Sun Devils had not played more than one overtime game in a given year. This season, six Pac-10 games have gone into overtime, matching the high of six for the league in 1996. Washington State has also played in three overtime contests this season, while at least one league game has gone into overtime in each of the last four weeks. Other than 1996, the most OT contests in one season in the Pac-10 has been three. Here's a look at Pac-10 overtime records since 1996:
Setting the Pace
Junior Tom Pace, a walk-on who was awarded a scholarship by head coach Bruce Snyder last week, leads the Sun Devil team in rushing, gaining 525 yards and four touchdowns on 129 attempts. He has also caught seven passes for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the season. While he fell short of a third consecutive 100-yard game, Pace turned in 70 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries as well as a 45-yard TD catch before leaving the USC game with an ankle injury. Pace scampered for 158 yards and a TD on 33 carries vs. Oregon and had a 69-yard TD catch and turned in 103 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries at Washington State, including crucial yardage in ASU's overtime drive. Pace made his Sun Devil debut against Utah State with 65 yards on 16 carries and followed that up with 19 yards on eight carries at UCLA. He then fell just short of topping the century mark with 93 yards and a touchdown in 17 carries vs. Cal. A 5-10, 195-pounder out of Mesa (Ariz.) High School, Pace played running back (under ASU offensive line coach George Yarno who was the offensive coordinator in Moscow from 1995-98) and returned kicks for the University of Idaho in 1996 before going on a two-year mission to Brazil. In 1996, he finished second on the Vandal team in rushing with 212 yards and two touchdowns in 41 carries (a team-leading average of 5.2 yards per carries). Even more impressive were his return numbers as he led the team and ranked among the best in the nation with 839 yards on 32 kickoff returns (26.2 ypr). After returning from his mission, Pace played one season at Ricks Junior College in Rexburg, Idaho, before the 22-year-old joined the Sun Devil squad the week before the Colorado State game.
The Century Mark
Including back-to-back 100-yard rushing games by Tom Pace vs. Washington State and Oregon, the Sun Devils have had three rushing performances top the century mark this season. ASU is 232-41-5 (.844) all time when a player gains 100 yards or more, while the Sun Devils are 33-9 (.786) since Bruce Snyder's arrival in Tempe. Earlier this season, true freshman Mike Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State to become the first true freshman to top the century mark since Mario Bates rushed for 161 yards against Arizona at home on Nov. 23, 1991.
Through the Air
On the season, ASU's four quarterbacks have already thrown for 2,595 yards which is already the sixth-best single-season passing effort in school history with two regular-season games left to play, passing the mark of 2,559 yards in 1964 with ASU's 314 passing yards vs. USC last week. This year's Sun Devil squad is just 289 yards short of the second-best performance in school history, while the school single-season mark is 3,077 yards by the 1978 squad. If ASU continues its current pace of 288.3 passing yards per game, the team would also shatter the school record of 259.0 ypg set in 1998 (2,849 yards in 11 games). With the 314-yard performance vs. the USC Trojans last week, the Sun Devils have five 300-plus-yard passing games on the season, the most since the 1989 team had three all season. Prior to the Washington game, ASU's four quarterbacks have racked up 1,159 passing yards in three games including 374 yards against Utah State, 365 yards at UCLA and 420 yards vs. Cal. The last time ASU topped 1,000 yards in three games was in 1990 (1,090 - 374 vs. WSU, 242 vs. Arizona, 474 vs. Houston).
Passing Into the End Zone
Sun Devil quarterbacks have thrown 20 touchdown passes in nine games this season including 11 by redshirt freshman Jeff Krohn. Junior Donnie O'Neal has caught seven touchdown passes and needs just two more to tie for fourth place on ASU's lists for single-season touchdown receptions. Morris Owens is fourth all time at ASU with nine TD grabs in 1973, while Doug Allen holds the school mark with 14 TD receptions in 1984. This year, senior Richard Williams trails O'Neal by one with six TD catches, while junior Todd Heap has caught three TDs. Last year, the team had just 14 TD passes all season, while Williams was last year's leading receiver catching just five TD passes all season. ASU's 20 touchdown passes are the most for the team since Jake Plummer threw 21 in the team's first nine games and 24 on the season in 1996, while the school single-season record is 29 by the 1981 squad.
Noting Jeff Krohn
Redshirt freshman Jeff Krohn turned in the best performance of his young career and the best performance in school history by a freshman vs. the Oregon Ducks, completing 21-of-34 passes for 432 yards and five touchdowns. His five touchdown strikes rank third in school history in a single game behind Mike Pagel who threw a school-record seven TDs vs. Stanford in 1981 and Danny White who had six vs. New Mexico in 1971. His 432-yard performance demolished ASU's single-game record for a freshman which was previously held by Ryan Kealy (292 yards, twice in 1997) and is the second-best all-time passing performance by a freshman in the Pac-10 Conference, trailing only Oregon State's Jonathan Smith's 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998. Krohn also put another notation in the ASU record book with his 90-yard touchdown pass to senior Richard Williams in the fourth quarter. The 90-yard strike was the fifth-longest pass reception in ASU history and the longest since Jeff Van Raaphorst completed a school-record 95-yarder to Aaron Cox vs. USC in 1985. Krohn has notched a 4-2 record as ASU's starting quarterback. In ASU's 44-20 win over Utah State, he completed six of 10 attempts for 248 yards and four passing touchdowns, including 72- and 70-yard TD strikes to senior Richard Williams in his first two completions. At the time, Krohn's four TD passes were the most for a Sun Devil since fellow quarterback Ryan Kealy completed four scoring strikes against Arizona on Nov. 27, 1998. It marked the 18th time an ASU signal caller has thrown four TD passes in a game. While he missed games against UCLA and Cal after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, Krohn returned to action vs. Washington in relief of starter Griffin Goodman, completing 12 of 33 attempts for 170 yards, a TD strike to junior Todd Heap and two interceptions. In his first start back from his illness, Krohn completed 18 of 27 attempts for 214 yards at Washington State despite missing all of the second quarter with a mild concussion, while vs. USC, he completed 17-of-33 attempts for 150 yards before leaving in the third quarter with a deeply cut thumb on his throwing hand.
Spreading the Wealth
Fourteen players have caught passes this year for the Sun Devils including six wide receivers, three tight ends, three tailbacks and two fullbacks, while quarterback Jeff Krohn completed passes to nine different players vs. Oregon. Junior Todd Heap leads the receiving corps with 37 catches, 532 yards and three TDs, while junior Donnie O'Neal is second with 33 catches for 599 yards and seven TDs followed by senior Richard Williams who has 32 catches for 566 yards and six TDs. Three wide receivers have topped the century mark in receiving yards four times this season, most recently Williams who caught four passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns vs. Oregon.
Heap Becomes ASU's Career-Leading Tight End
Combine junior Todd Heap's blond hair, hands of glue and nose for the football and you'll know why ASU head coach Bruce Snyder has called his tight end the Golden Retriever. Heap has established himself as the best tight end in the Pac-10 and in ASU history, becoming the first Sun Devil tight end to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. A 1999 third-team Associated Press All-American last year, Heap is a virtual unanimous selection for the preseason All-Pac-10 tight end and has been named a first-team preseason All-American six of seven preseason publications. With five catches for 53 yards at Washington State, Heap became ASU's career leader in receptions by a tight end and now has 104 career receptions in two-plus seasons, surpassing Ken Dyer's 88 receptions (1965-67). The junior had already captured the career mark in receiving yards vs. Washington on Oct. 14 and now has 1,573 yards in his career. He needs just one touchdown to tie Joe Petty (1970-72) for ASU's career record in that category as well with 10 TD catches in two-plus seasons. Last year, Heap set single-season records for ASU tight ends with 55 catches and 832 yards receiving, while the junior has already moved into fifth this season with 37 catches for 532 yards and three TDs. He is just the ninth Sun Devil to catch 50 passes in a season and became the first tight end to lead ASU in receiving since Ryan McReynolds had 28 catches in 1988. Thirty-nine of his 55 receptions resulted in a first down or TD. He had career highs in receptions (8) at Notre Dame and receiving yards (170) against Arizona. He had three 100-yard games and had at least three receptions in all but two games in 1999 (he was sidelined by injury/illness in both).
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HeapThis year, junior Todd Heap leads the team in receiving despite facing double and triple coverage on virtually every play with 37 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns. Of his 37 catches this year, 23 have resulted in a first down or a touchdown. In the last five games, 16 of his 23 catches have resulted in first down or touchdown with three others being a nine-yard catch in a drive that resulted in ASU's second touchdown vs. Washington State and a nine-yard catch and a 10-yard catch (on 2nd and 11) vs. the Ducks. Heap has caught a pass in 24 straight games (102 catches in that span), which is the 15th longest streak in the nation.
A preseason favorite for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and one of 11 semifinalists for the Dick Butkus Award, senior Adam Archuleta leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 103, an average of 11.4 tackles per game. Of those tackles, 71 percent are solo stops (73 of 103). Last season, he became the first Sun Devil since Scott Von der Ahe to record more than 100 tackles in a season with 111 and is now the first since Brett Wallerstedt (109 in 1990, 122 in 1991 and 119 in 1992) to top the century mark in tackles in consecutive seasons. Leader of a linebacking corps tabbed the seventh-best in the nation by The Sporting News, he has paced the team in tackles in five of the past seven games (and second to fellow linebacker Solomon Bates in the other two). Archuleta turned in a career-best 16 tackles at UCLA, a total which included 15 solos, and followed that up with 15 tackles (10 solos) vs. Oregon. He then matched that career high with 16 tackles vs. USC. He has had at least one tackle for loss in all but one of ASU's nine games this year (vs. USC only game without a TFL), including three for a loss of 20 yards at UCLA, and ranks tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with 12 total TFL this season. Archuleta has had at least one tackle for loss in 22 of his last 26 games. A first-team All-Pac-10 linebacker and ASU's defensive MVP last year, Archuleta recorded double-digit tackle efforts in six of his 11 games, leading ASU six times. Despite missing the season-opener with a hamstring injury, Archuleta ranked second in the Pac-10 with 10.2 tackles per game, trailing only Arizona's Marcus Bell (10.3). His 21 tackles for loss led the league and was the seventh-highest single-season total in ASU history. Since the Pac-10 began keeping track of TFL in 1990, he is only the second Sun Devil to lead the conference (Derrick Rodgers, 1996). In his career, Archuleta ranks fifth in ASU history with 51 tackles for loss.
In His Career
Adam Archuleta has 306 career tackles and would need 47 more this season to catch Bob Breuning (353, 1972-74) for fifth all-time at ASU, but the senior has already registered 182 solo tackles in his career, just 10 away from fifth all-time at ASU (192 by Mike Richardson, 1979-82). Archuleta also has a good chance of entering the record book in single-season solo tackles, needing just six more unassisted tackles to tie Mike Richardson (1981) and Shawn Patterson (1987) who each had 79, while the school record for unassisted tackles in a season is 114 by Mark Tingstad (1988).
ASU's offense had been characterized by big plays this season, especially through the air. While the longest play in its first two games was a 21-yard run by junior Davaren Hightower in the season-opener against San Diego State, ASU has had 39 longer plays from scrimmage longer (33 pass, six rush) in the last seven.
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As a team, the Sun Devils are averaging 15.9 yards per catch to lead the Pac-10. Nine Sun Devils are averaging double figures in yards per reception.
Arizona State's last two victories over Washington State have marked milestones for ASU head coach Bruce Snyder. ASU's Oct. 28 overtime victory over the Cougars marked the 54th Pac-10 victory for the Sun Devil mentor moving him into a tie with Washington's Jim Owens for 10th in career conference wins. Last season, ASU's 33-21 win at Sun Devil Stadium was his 50th victory at Arizona State and his 50th career win in Pac-10 conference play. Combining his record in Tempe and during a five-year stint at California, Snyder is 54-50-4 in conference games. He is just the 12th coach in the 84-year history of the league to plate 50 wins. The other 11 are: Terry Donahue, UCLA, 98 wins, Don James, Washington, 97, John McKay, USC, 70, Howard Jones, USC, 65, O.E. Hollingbery, WSU, 64, John Robinson, USC, 63, Larry Smith, Arizona, 63, Dick Tomey, Arizona, 60, Rich Brooks, Oregon, 56, Bruce Snyder, Arizona State, 54, Jim Owens, Washington, 54, James Phelan, Washington, 51.
Three Starters at QB
The Sun Devils have started three quarterbacks in eight games this year with freshman Jeff Krohn missing action against UCLA and Cal due to mononucleosis and senior Ryan Kealy suffering a knee injury vs. UCLA. That trend isn't as out of the ordinary as it might seem since Arizona State has had three starters at quarterback three previous times in the last 10 years (Paul Justin, Kurt Lasher and Bret Powers in 1990, Troy Rauer, Grady Benton and Garrick McGee in 1992 and Ryan Kealy, Chad Elliott and Steve Campbell in 1998). ASU leads the Pac-10 Conference and is ranked 16th in the nation in passing offense at 288.3 passing yards per game despite the personnel changes:
The Sun Devils are third in the Pac-10 Conference in third-down defense, allowing their opponents to convert on just 30.4 percent of their third downs. Oregon leads the Pac-10 at 27.5 percent. Two weeks ago, Washington finished the game just 3-for-16 in third-down conversions and went 1-for-10 to start the game, not converting a third down until midway through the third quarter, while Oregon was just 3-of-13 vs. the Sun Devils.
In nine games, the Sun Devils have already forced 26 fumbles, 16 more than the team forced all last season (10), and have recovered 21. Sophomore Solomon Bates leads the team and is tied for second in the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles, while freshman Terrell Suggs, senior Adam Archuleta and junior Kurt Wallin have each forced three which is good for fourth in the Pac-10.
Arizona State has picked off 12 passes this year with eight players getting into the action, most recently sophomore cornerback Josiah Igono vs. USC. Last year, the Sun Devils intercepted a total of 11 passes all season. The Sun Devils snagged three interceptions against Utah State and then again at Washington State, the most since picking off three against USC last year. With two interceptions against UCLA, ASU had at least one interception in its first four games. The 1998 team was the last to pick off at least one pass in four straight games when it had one in each of its last five games that season. Senior Nijrell Eason leads the team and is tied for second in the Pac-10 with four interceptions this year (one at SDSU, one vs. USU, one at UCLA, one vs. USC). Last year, Willie Daniel and Courtney Jackson paced the team with two interceptions each all season.
Junior Tom Pace was awarded a scholarship by head coach Bruce Snyder, joining an impressive group of players who at least began their careers at ASU by walking on. Redshirt freshman Jeff Krohn and sophomore safety Patrick Wilson were awarded scholarships for the 2000-01 academic year earlier this season, while other players on the current squad who earned scholarships after walking on include senior linebacker Adam Archuleta, senior wide receivers Mike Aguirre and Brian Forth, junior offensive tackle Levi Jones and junior linebacker Elza Gennicks.
The Arizona State squad features 18 seniors including quarterbacks Griffin Goodman and Ryan Kealy, wide receivers Mike Aguirre, Roderick Denetso, Brian Forth and Richard Williams, defensive backs Nijrell Eason, Craig Koontz, Christon Rance and Kenny Williams, fullback Stephen Trejo, linebackers Adam Archuleta and Adam Tanke, offensive linemen Victor Leyva and Kenneth Williamson, tight end Jason Moore and defensive linemen Chï¿½ Britton and Quincy Yancy.
Eason on Jim Thorpe Watch List
Senior cornerback Nijrell Eason is on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, awarded annually to the top defensive back in the nation. The list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on Wednesday, November 8, while three finalists will be selected on November 21. The three finalists will be invited to the ESPN College Football Awards show on December 7 where the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award will be announced.
Lightning Strikes Twice
If ASU's overtime victory at Washington State wasn't electrifying enough, the Sun Devils' trip home from Pullman, Wash., certainly was. About 60 miles north of Phoenix, the Sun Devils' team charter carrying players, coaches and support staff was hit by lightning. There was an extremely loud explosion, and bright lights surrounded the plane, startling everyone on board. No one on the flight knew what had happened, and most thought the plane had blown an engine or that there was an explosion of some kind. The interior lights went off for a bit as the flight attendants scrambled up and down the aisles. Several minutes later, there was another boom and flash of orange, yellow and red inside and outside the cabin as the plane was hit again. After several minutes of not knowing what had happened, the senior attendant informed the team that the plane had been hit by lightning, twice! The pilot then came on the intercom and said that the plane was 40 miles outside of Phoenix and that he would have the team on the ground soon. When the plane finally touched down at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (it seemed like 4,000 miles, not 40), everyone on board cheered and clapped. After further examination, ASU's charter company grounded the plane due to damage to rivets in the fuselage.
Murphy on Ray Guy Watch List
Junior punter Nick Murphy is one of 40 punters on the preseason watch list for the inaugural Ray Guy award which is annually presented to the best punter in the nation. Presented by the Greater Augusta (Georgia) Sports Council, the Ray Guy Award will be presented to Dec. 7, 2000 as part of the Home Depot College Football Award Show live on ESPN from Orlando, Fla. The winner will display leadership, self-discipline, and have a significant positive impact on the team's success. The selection committee will choose 10 semifinalists who will be announced by Nov. 8. followed by the announcement of the three finalists Nov. 30. The Sports Awards Gala evening will follow on Dec. 12 in Augusta. The award is named after Ray Guy who attended the University of Southern Mississippi and was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders. Ray Guy was an integral part of the Raider's successful years between 1973-1986.
ASU Retires Mike Haynes' Number
Mike Haynes, a two-time All-American cornerback at Arizona State from 1972-75 and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had his Sun Devil No. 40 retired in ASU's game vs. USC Nov. 4. Haynes' number becomes the fourth retired at ASU. Like the trio of retirees before him, Haynes' name and number will adorn the face of the press box at Sun Devil Stadium. Senior linebacker Adam Archuleta, who currently wears No. 40, will be allowed to retain the number through the 2000 season. In his ASU career, Haynes was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection. As a junior in 1974, he led the nation with 11 interceptions, second-best all-time at ASU.ï¿½During his senior campaign, the Sun Devils were a perfect 12-0 and finished second in the wire service polls. The New England Patriots selected Haynes with the fifth overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft. He went on to play in nine Pro Bowls, the second-most by any ASU player, and earn two Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders. Upon his graduation in 1951, Wilford ï¿½Whizzerï¿½ White's No. 33 became the first number retired at ASU. Bobby Mulgado joined him in 1958 when his No. 27 was honored. In 1997, White's son, Danny, became the third when his No. 11 was retired.
While defensive end Terrell Suggs became just the second true freshman in school history to start the first game of the year for the Sun Devils at San Diego State, he and tailback Mike Williams both started against Colorado State and Utah State, marking the first time since 1995 that the Sun Devils have had a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup. That year, ASU had two freshmen starters in three games including wide receivers Kenny Mitchell and Ricky Boyer vs. UCLA (11/4) and at California (11/11) and Boyer and wide receiver Lenzie Jackson vs. Oregon State (9/23). Suggs is in pretty good company as the only other Sun Devil true freshman to start the first game of the season was wide receiver John Jefferson in 1974. A four-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection and a consensus All-American in 1977, Jefferson (who changed his last name from Washington to Jefferson following his freshman campaign) went onto a successful NFL career, being selected as a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers (14th pick overall) and appearing in four Pro Bowls with San Diego and the Green Bay Packers. In Bruce Snyder's tenure at ASU, 12 true freshmen have started games, although none until Suggs made his starting debut in the season opener. Six true freshmen have seen action so far this season (Suggs, fullbacks Mike Waddell and Mike Karney and tailbacks Mike Williams, Skyler Fulton and Derick Arnold). Last year, four true freshmen saw action (Solomon Bates, Josh Amobi, Mike Barth and Machtier Clay.)
Arizona State features two new faces on the sidelines this season in the form of running backs coach Vincent White and offensive line coach George Yarno. White comes to Tempe after spending the past three seasons as tailbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Yarno brings a wealth of experience to ASU as a long-time assistant coach in the collegiate ranks (most recently at the University of Houston from 1998-2000) and as a 13-year NFL and USFL veteran. In addition, John Pettas was promoted to offensive coordinator in the offseason in addition to his duties as quarterbacks coach.
The Sun Devils are benefiting from a recruiting class that ranks among the best in ASU history. The 2000 recruiting class has been ranked in the top 13 nationally and among the two or three best in the Pac-10. SuperPrep Magazine listed ASU's recruiting class as the ninth-best in the nation and the best in the Pac-10.
Senior wide receiver Mike Aguirre was recently named to the 2000 American Football Coaches Association Good