Football to Host Arizona in 75th Intrastate Showdown Friday Afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium
Nov. 19, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -
State bragging rights and a lot of hardware, including the oldest intercollegiate rivalry trophy in the nation - the Territorial Championship Cup - are at stake this week as the Arizona State Sun Devils gear up for the 75th intrastate showdown with the Arizona Wildcats Friday afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. MST, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Arizona State (4-5, 1-5 Pac-10) comes into the game looking to snap a three-game conference losing streak after three consecutive defeats at the hands of ranked Pac-10 opponents. With a victory, the Sun Devils could also notch their third straight victory in the series and tally the team's most consecutive wins over the Wildcats since winning four straight from 1975-78.
Both teams are coming off bye weeks. Arizona brings a 4-6 overall record and a 1-6 conference mark into the game, which will mark the season finale for the Wildcats. For ASU, the instrastate showdown with the Wildcats is Senior Day as well as the final home game of the year, while the Sun Devils will wrap up the regular season with a trip to UCLA next weekend for a matchup that was rescheduled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Big GameThanks to a historic find in a church basement several years ago, Arizona State and Arizona can now claim the oldest intercollegiate rivalry trophy in the nation. The Territorial Championship Cup, which has been registered with the NCAA, was first presented to Tempe Normal School (now ASU) on Nov. 30, 1899 following an 11-2 victory over the University of Arizona at Tucson's Carillo Gardens Field. The priceless Territorial Cup was lost for a time and was discovered several years ago in the basement of a church that was being demolished. According to the NCAA, the previous oldest trophy was the Michigan/Minnesota Little Brown Jug which dates back to 1909.
The Territorial Cup has been catalogued and is available for public viewing in the reading room of ASU's Hayden Library. A replica of the cup will be displayed on the field at this year's game, and the winning team in one of the nation's oldest and fiercest rivalries will be awarded the actual trophy to display in its Hall of Fame each year.
In addition to the Territorial Cup, there will be an abundance of hardware handed out at this year's game. The Big Game Trophy, a sculpture by artist Ben Goo which was the prize in the rivalry game from 1979 to 1997, will be awarded to the game MVP to be displayed in the school's Hall of Fame, while the Saguaro Trophy, a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Perry which served as the reward starting in 1998, will be given to the coach of the winning team to display in his office for the year.
In the SeriesFriday's matchup between ASU and the U-of-A marks the 75th meeting in the series. Arizona leads the all-time series 42-31-1, but Arizona State has won the last two games in the series, including a commanding 30-17 victory in last season's game Nov. 24 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. The Sun Devils will be looking to win three straight over the Wildcats for the first time since the team won four straight from 1975-78. The rivalry began 102 years ago in 1899 with ASU (then called Tempe Normal) earning an 11-2 victory. The Sun Devils and the Wildcats have met every year since 1946. Arizona won 20 of the first 22 meetings and Arizona State responded with 24 wins in 33 meetings from 1949-1981, while Arizona has won 13 of the last 19 meetings. ASU holds a slim 16-15-1 advantage in games played in Tempe, including a 12-8-1 mark at Sun Devil Stadium.
ExposureFox Sports Net will broadcast the Arizona game to a live national cable audience with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action. Westwood One Sports, in association with Host Communications, will broadcast the game to a national radio audience with Fran Curci and Woody Johnson calling the action, while the Sun Devil Sports Network will carry the game live on its 13-station network including flagship stations XTRA Sports 910 AM and KFYI NewsRadio 550 AM. Tim Healey, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Vince Marotta and Nathan LaDuke (pregame and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can also be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
Senior FarewellThe Arizona State squad features 20 seniors including tailbacks Delvon Flowers and Tom Pace, wide receivers Ryan Dennard and Donnie O'Neal, offensive linemen Levi Jones, Kyle Kosier, Marquise Muldrow, Scott Peters and Travis Scott, defensive linemen Paul Glass, Khoa Nguyen, Danny Masaniai, Tommie Townsend and Kurt Wallin, linebackers Eric Fields and Matt Gorczyca, safeties Willie Daniel and Davaren Hightower, snapper B.J. Miller and punter Nick Murphy.
Team CaptainsASU's season-long captains, as selected in a team vote, are senior safety Willie Daniel, senior center Scott Peters and junior safety Alfred Williams. Head coach Dirk Koetter will also select one game captain per week, and all 20 Sun Devil seniors will serve as single-game captains for the Arizona game on Friday.
Last Time OutSenior Delvon Flowers rushed for 137 yards and sophomore Shaun McDonald set a school record for yards per completion in his fourth straight 100-yard receiving game, but it wasn't enough as the Sun Devils dropped their third straight game with a 28-16 loss to No. 11/12 Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium two weeks ago. For the Cougars, Raonall Smith returned a disputed fumble 27 yards for a touchdown and running back Dave Minnich threw for another score.
Arizona State trailed 14-9 when redshirt freshman Andrew Walter, who replaced sophomore Jeff Krohn (sore shoulder) to start the second half, scrambled for a short gain and was tackled by Smith. The ball popped loose, Smith picked it up and ran untouched for the score to make it 21-9 with 4:26 left in the third quarter. Television replays clearly showed that Walter's knees hit the ground well before the ball came loose. Junior Matt Cooper directed Arizona State's final scoring drive, which ended when Flowers ran for a score on fourth-and-goal at the 2 with 9:42 to play to cut the lead to 21-16. The Cougars responded when Minnich took a handoff and lobbed a 21-yard pass to a wide-open Collin Henderson to make it 28-16 with 6:58 remaining. WSU quarterback Jason Gesser, who left with 6:16 left in the third quarter with a concussion, threw first-half touchdown passes of 72 and 32 yards to Jerome Riley as the Cougars took a 14-7 lead at the break. Krohn threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter.
McDonald caught five passes for 169 yards (38.5 yards per catch), which set the school record for yards per catch for five receptions, which was previously held Larry Mucker (31.0) with five catches for 144 yards in a win over Idaho in 1975.
Racking up the Receiving YardsWith 968 receiving yards so far this year, sophomore wide receiver Shaun McDonald already ranks fifth on the ASU single-season charts and needs just 176 yards to tie the single-season mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. McDonald has topped the century mark in receiving in each of his last four games, including five catches for 169 yards two weeks ago vs. Washington State, and is the first Sun Devil to top the century mark in four straight games. McDonald has a total of five 100-plus yard games this season, matching the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989.
McDonald's total of 968 yards more than doubles the 358 yards he had all of the last season, while he needs just 32 yards to become just the fifth Sun Devil in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. McDonald currently leads the Pac-10 with an average of 107.6 yards per game and is the only Pac-10 receiver averaging 100-plus yards per game. He is also tops in the league with 23.6 yards per catch.
At his current pace, McDonald has an opportunity to shatter the Arizona State single-season records for receiving yards per game and receiving yards per catch, which are currently held by Ron Fair (98.3 yards per game in 1989) and Morris Owens (22.0 yards per catch in 1973), respectively. The last Sun Devil to average more than 90 receiving yards per game was Keith Poole (94.2 yards per contest in 1995).
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19732. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19893. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19954. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19705. 968 Shaun McDonald (41), 20016. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Flowers Starting to BloomSenior tailback Delvon Flowers has turned in 100-yard rushing games in each of his last two games, including 31 carries for 137 yards vs. Washington State two weeks ago. He looks to become the first Sun Devil since Michael Martin in 1997 to notch three straight 100-yard games. Martin did it in the last three games of the 1997 season, rushing for 158 yards vs. Oregon on Nov, 15, 102 vs. Arizona on Nov. 28 and 169 vs. Iowa in the Sun Bowl where he earned Offensive MVP honors. A Sun Devil has accomplished the feat just four times since the beginning of the 1992 season (Martin in 1997, Terry Battle in 1996, Mario Bates in 1993 and 1992).
Flowers has had four 100-yard games this season and a total of six in his career. He leads the team and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing this year, averaging 94.8 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry, while his 853 rushing yards are the most for a Sun Devil since J.R. Redmond had 1,174 in 1999 (10th on the ASU single-season list). Flowers has scored seven rushing touchdowns in the last four games and a total of eight this year. With three touchdowns vs. Oregon on Nov. 3, the third multiple-TD outing of his career, Flowers became the first Sun Devil tailback to score three times on the ground since J.R. Redmond did it at USC in a 26-16 win over USC in 1999.
Flowers turned in 23 carries for a career-best 226 yards and two touchdowns vs. Oregon State on Oct. 20. Flowers' 226-yard effort vs. the Beavers surpasses his career high of 161 yards in a loss at Oregon in 1999. It also marks the sixth-best rushing game in school history and the most rushing yards by a Sun Devil in a Pac-10 game. Ben Malone set the school record with 250 rushing yards in a 1973 win over Oregon State, but that game occurred five years before the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10. Flowers' 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter vs. OSU was a career long and the longest play from scrimmage for the Sun Devils this season.
Lighting Up the ScoreboardThe Sun Devils have already scored 40 touchdowns this season (17 rushing, 21 passing, 1 interception return, 1 fumble recovery), which marks the most since the team had 44 in 1998. The Sun Devils are averaging 34.6 points per game which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 21st in the nation. BYU leads the nation in scoring at 47.45 points per game, while Stanford tops the Pac-10 at 38.9 ppg. At home, ASU is averaging 40.3 points per game (242 points in six games). ASU's 34.6 points per game are the most for the team since 1996 when the Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils averaged 40.7 points per contest.
ASU's 63-point effort vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 6 marked the most points for a Sun Devil squad since 66-3 victory over Texas-El Paso on Oct. 22, 1977 and is tied for the most points by a Pac-10 team this season with Oregon's 63-28 win over that same night. With its 53-15 win over San Jose State on Sept. 29, ASU has been involved in two of the four highest scoring games in the Pac-10 this year. The win over Louisiana-Lafayette also marked the eighth time that a Dirk Koetter-led team has topped 50 points (twice at ASU).
With 11 touchdowns this year (10 receiving, one rushing), sophomore Shaun McDonald is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring and third in touchdown scoring (7.6 points per game). Junior placekicker Mike Barth is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 6.8 points per game, and senior tailback Delvon Flowers is tied for ninth in touchdown scoring (5.3 ppg).
Super SuggsWith a sack for the loss of eight yards two weeks ago vs. Washington State, sophomore defensive end Terrell Suggs has matched the 10 sacks he had all of last year and topped his tackle for loss total by one. He is ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for second in the country with 10 sacks for a loss of 57 yards. Suggs is also second in the conference (seventh in the nation) in tackles for loss at 17 and is tied for first in the league (tied for fourth in the country) in fumbles forced with four. The sophomore has also already made a mark on the ASU career lists and is tied for fifth with 20 career sacks and ranks seventh in career TFLs with 33 in his first two years.
In the past six games, Suggs has turned in six sacks and 11 tackles for loss, including a career-best 5 TFLs at USC. Suggs turned in a career game vs. Louisiana-Lafayette with a career-best 10 tackles and four tackles for loss (-14) in addition to two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. Suggs tallied a pair of sacks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and at USC, marking the sixth and seventh times in his career and the second and third times this year that he has had two in a game. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a preseason mention for All-America honors, Suggs led the team in tackles for loss (16-72) and sacks (10-60) last season.
Kickoff NotesThe Sun Devils have been excelling on kickoffs and kickoff returns as of late. ASU is ranked second in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation with an average of 23.9 yards per kickoff return, while all three kickoff returners appear in the Pac-10's top 10. Senior Tom Pace is third in the league and 13th in the nation with an average of 27.7 yards per return, sophomore Mike Williams is sixth with 23.4 yards per return and senior Delvon Flowers is tied for eighth at 21.6 yards per return. On kickoffs, junior Mike Barth has booted 30 of 51 kickoffs (58.8 percent) into the endzone, including 3-for-3 in the Washington State game two weeks ago. With 415 kickoff return yards, Pace needs just 18 yards to enter the ASU single-season list, and his average of 27.7 yards per return currently ranks second on the ASU single-season chart behind the school-record 29.1 yards per return Terry Battle had in 1996 (20 returns for 582 yards).
Young GunTrue freshman free safety Jason Shivers has averaged 12.0 tackles over the last three games, including 15 at Oregon on Nov. 3 (seven solos and his first career sack) and a career-best 17 tackles Oct. 27 against Washington (four solos, 13 assists), which is the third-highest single-game total in the Pac-10 this year. It is also the most tackles by a Sun Devil since Joe Cesta has 17 (12 solo) in a 1998 loss at Oregon. Last year, Adam Archuleta had an ASU season-high 16 on two occasions in 2000 (at UCLA and vs. USC). Shivers, who has started the last seven games at free safety, is now ASU's leading tackler with an average of 7.6 stops per game and is ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in the category.
Touchdown PassesWith a scoring strike to sophomore Shaun McDonald two weeks ago vs. Washington State, sophomore quarterback Jeff Krohn has thrown 19 touchdown passes on the season, already passing the total of 12 that he had all of last season. With 19 TD passes already, Krohn is already tied for sixth on the ASU single-season list and tied for 32nd on the Pac-10 single-season lists. Krohn's 19 TD passes are the most passing touchdowns for a Sun Devil since Ryan Kealy threw for 19 in 1998, while the last Sun Devil to thrown more than 19 was Jake Plummer who had 24 TD passes in 1996.
With 21 touchdown passes, the Sun Devils are one behind the pace of the 1981 team which scored a school-record 29 that season. That team had scored through the air 20 times through their first eight games, including a school-record seven TD passes vs. Stanford in their seventh game of the year, and had nine over the last three games of the year (2, 4, 3). In addition to Krohn's 19 TDs through the air, back-up quarterback Matt Cooper and wide receiver Justin Taplin have each tossed one scoring strike. The Nov. 3 Oregon game marked the first time this season that Sun Devils did not score on a touchdown pass and the first since a 30-17 victory over Arizona on Nov. 24 of last year.
ASU Single-Season Touchdown Passes1. 29 Mike Pagel, 19812. 24 Jake Plummer, 1996 Danny White, 19734. 23 Danny White, 19725. 20 John Torok, 19646. 19 Jeff Krohn, 2001 19 Ryan Kealy, 1998 19 Joe Spagnola, 19709. 17 Jake Plummer, 1995 Paul Justin, 1989 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 1986
Who's Catching Those TD Passes?Sophomore wide receiver Shaun McDonald has caught 10 touchdown passes and is already fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches. He needs just four more to tie the school single-season record of 14 caught by Doug Allen in 1984. Last year, Donnie O'Neal and Richard Williams led the team with seven TD catches each all season. McDonald has caught at least one touchdown pass in all but two games this year (at USC, at Oregon). In addition to McDonald, senior Ryan Dennard has pulled in four touchdown passes on the year, senior Donnie O'Neal has three and four other players have caught one each, including junior Mike Pinkard who had his first career touchdown reception Oct. 27 vs. Washington.
McDonald's four TD receptions vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 6 marked the third multi-touchdown game of the year for an ASU receiver (O'Neal with two TDs vs. San Diego State, Dennard with three vs. San Jose State)
ASU Single-Season Touchdown Passes1. 14 Doug Allen, 19842. 12 Steve Holden, 19723. 11 Keith Poole, 1996 11 J.D. Hill, 19705. 10 Shaun McDonald, 20016. 9 Morris Owens, 1973
Last Time vs. the U-of-ASophomore kicker Mike Barth kicked three field goals and ran 13 yards for a touchdown on a fake field-goal play as Arizona State beat Arizona 30-17 last year to snap a three-game losing streak and become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons. The victory marked the second consecutive win for ASU in the series and the second time in as many years that the Desert Showdown determined the postseason future of the two teams.
Freshman defensive end Terrell Suggs recovered a fumble by Arizona's Clarence Farmer in the end zone for a touchdown, while an interception and another fumble by the Wildcats set up two of Barth's field goals. Arizona (5-6, 3-5) lost its fifth straight, its longest losing streak in one season since 1958. Ortege Jenkins, in his final game for Arizona, threw for a touchdown and ran for another. He completed 16 of 31 passes for 176 yards but was sacked eight times.
Arizona led 10-6 at halftime on Jenkins' 3-yard touchdown run, set up by Bobby Wade's 54-yard punt return. The punting game was a major difference in the contest. Junior wide receiver Donnie O'Neal blocked a running, rugby-style punt attempt by Arizona's Chris Palic early in the third quarter to give ASU the ball at the Arizona 15. The Sun Devils weren't able to move the ball, but on a field-goal attempt, holder Griffin Goodman handed the ball to Barth, who ran up the middle for the score to put Arizona State up 13-10 with 12:09 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats responded with a seven-play, 77-yard drive. Farmer's 44-yard run was the big play in the drive, while Jenkins threw 14 yards to wide-open tight end Brandon Manumaleuna for a touchdown to give Arizona its final lead, 17-13, with 3:40 left in the third. On Arizona State's next possession, Nick Murphy's 45-yard punt went out of bounds at the Arizona 3, but Farmer fumbled on the next play and Suggs recovered and ran the ball into the endzone to put ASU ahead 20-17 and ahead for good with six minutes left in the third. The Sun Devils went 60 yards in 11 plays to make it 27-17 on Tom Pace's 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, while Leo Mills' fumble, recovered by Arizona State's Willie Daniel, set up Barth's 48-yard field goal that put ASU up 30-17 with 9:05 remaining in the game. UA outgained ASU 371 yards to 264 in total offense, but the Sun Devils did not turn the ball over in the game to earn the 30-17 victory.
Keeping Up With KrohnWith his 157-yard passing effort in the first half vs. Washington State before leaving the game with a sore shoulder, sophomore quarterback Jeff Krohn has passed the 1,751 yards he had last season and now stands at 1,890 yards ... he turned in the third 300-yard passing game of his young career with 320 yards vs. Washington on Oct. 27, completing 17-of-29 passes ... he completed 5-of-11 passes for 64 yards in the first half at Oregon before leaving the game with concussion-like symptoms ... Krohn continues to rank first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the country in passing efficiency (159.73) ... Krohn ranks seventh in the conference in passing yards per game (210.0) and fifth in total offense (211.4) ... he had led the league in both categories before the USC game where he completed 2-of-3 attempts for eight yards in the first quarter before missing the rest of the game with a foot injury ... he has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but two games this year (USC, Oregon) and more than one TD strike in five of nine games this season ... he needs just one more game with 300 yards of total offense to tie the school record, which is four set by Danny White in 1973 ... Krohn has gained at least 300 yards of total offense three times this year (301 vs. SDSU, 387 at Stanford, 323 vs. Washington).
More Notes on KrohnKrohn holds a 9-9 record as ASU's starting quarterback in his career ...with 637 passing yards in the first two games of the season (271 vs. San Diego State and 366 at Stanford), Krohn set the school record for most passing yards in the first two games of the year ... he also became the quickest quarterback in school history to reach 1,000 passing yards, accomplishing the feat in the second quarter of the Louisiana-Lafayette game (three games and two quarters) ... over his last 13 games (dating back to the USC game last year), Krohn has had just seven interceptions in his last 284 pass attempts ... his 366 yards vs. Stanford (17-of-37) marked the second-best passing effort of his career ... his career high in passing yards is 432 yards vs. Oregon last year ... with his 27-of-35 passing performance (.771) vs. San Diego State on Sept. 8, Krohn set the school record for completion percentage for 31 to 40 pass attempts ... he threw passes for the first 11 scores of the year and was responsible for the first 12 TDs of the year for the Sun Devils when he carried the ball five yards into the endzone with 46 seconds left in the third quarter vs. the Spartans ... Krohn has been successful on 55.0 percent of his pass attempts (110-200) ... eight of his 19 touchdown passes this year have been for 40 yards or more, including a 63-yard scoring strike to sophomore Shaun McDonald Oct. 20 vs. Oregon State.
Consistent FootJunior Mike Barth saw a streak of 12 consecutive field goals come to an end Oct. 20 vs. Oregon State when his 36-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked. Prior to that blocked kick, Barth had made a 39-yarder and a 24-yarder in the first quarter vs. the Beavers. He had been perfect in his last seven games dating back to last season, while his last miss was a 43-yarder vs. USC last year. He had a streak of 38 PAT attempts snapped Oct. 6 vs. ULL (when a penalty pushed the kick back 15 yards) and is now 34-of-35 (.971) in PAT attempts this year (fourth in the league). A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award candidate for the second consecutive year, Barth was the only kicker in the Pac-10 to remain perfect through the first six weeks of the season and is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 at 64.3 percent (9-of-14). Last season, Barth made 66.7 percent of his FG attempts including five field goals over 40 yards. He knocked in three game-winners including a 41-yarder in overtime at Washington State. He led the Pac-10 and finished 15th in the nation in field goals last year.
The Century MarkThe Sun Devils have three tailbacks on the roster who have each rushed for 100 yards or more in a game in their ASU careers. Last season, Tom Pace turned in three 100-yard rushing games (103 yards vs. Washington State, 158 vs. Oregon and 139 vs. Boston College) last year, while Mike Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State last season to become the first true freshman to top the century mark since Mario Bates rushed for 161 yards vs. Arizona in 1991. Delvon Flowers, who missed all of last season following an ACL tear, topped the century mark on two occasions in 1999 and has done it four times in 2001, including a career-high 226 yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 20. ASU is 234-45-5 (.833) all time when a player gains 100 yards or more.
Scoring MachineTwice this season, the Sun Devils have had a wide receiver score four touchdowns in a single game. Against Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 6, redshirt sophomore Shaun McDonald caught four touchdown passes to tie the school record for TD catches in a game set by John Allen vs. San Jose State in 1953. McDonald's four TD grabs also tie the Pac-10 single-game record, a mark held by five other conference members, most recently accomplished by UCLA's J.J. Stokes vs. Washington in 1993. On Sept. 29, senior wide receiver Ryan Dennard caught three touchdown passes and returned a fumble for another score vs. San Jose State. With four touchdowns each, both McDonald and Dennard were just one short of the school record for touchdowns scored in a game (5, held by three Sun Devils), while the two efforts marked the 16th and 17th times in school history that a Sun Devil has scored at least four touchdowns in a game.
Starting YoungFour Sun Devil true freshmen have seen action thus far this season including wide receiver Daryl Lightfoot, safety Jason Shivers, linebacker Barton Hammit and cornerback Lamar Baker. Arizona State's roster features a total of 14 players who saw action as true freshmen. Seventeen true freshmen have played over the last four seasons, including six last year (Terrell Suggs, Mike Karney, Mike Williams, Skyler Fulton, Derick Arnold). In 1999, four true freshmen played (Solomon Bates, Josh Amobi, Mike Barth), while Justin Taplin and Willie Daniel were among the four to see action in 1998.
Shivers (seven games) and Baker (six) have both started games this year, marking the first time that ASU has two true freshmen in starting lineup since defensive end Terrell Suggs and tailback Mike Williams both started against Colorado State and Utah State last season. Prior to last year, ASU had not had two true freshmen in the starting lineup since 1995. That year, ASU had two freshmen starters in three games.
Walk-OnsSophomore quarterback Jeff Krohn is one of just four starting quarterbacks in the country who began his career as a walk-on. Krohn, who earned a scholarship midway through last season, led the Pac-10's top-ranked passing offense last year and set school marks for passing yards in a season and single-game passing yards for a freshman. The other qbs who began their careers as walk-ons are Texas A&M's Mark Farris, Houston's Kelly Robertson and Oregon State's Jonathan Smith. In the great tradition of walk-ons at ASU that includes NFL first-round draft pick Adam Archuleta, there are seven players on the depth chart who at least began their careers as walk-ons. Those Sun Devils are senior Levi Jones, Krohn, senior tailback Tom Pace, sophomore cornerback Adrian Thomas, junior safety Patrick Wilson, senior long snapper B.J. Miller and junior snapper Jay Breckenridge.
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