Football Heads To Pasadena To Face UCLA, Dec. 1
Nov. 26, 2001
Making up a game originally scheduled for September 15, Arizona State (4-6, 1-6 Pac-10) will look to snap a four-game losing streak when it meets the UCLA Bruins (6-4, 3-4) at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 1. Having started the season 6-0, UCLA also enters the contest on a four-game skid. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PST (3:00 p.m. MST), and will be televised via Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports West. Initially slated to be ASU's first Pac-10 Conference game of the season, the matchup with UCLA was rescheduled following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
The Sun Devils, seeking their first Pac-10 road win of the season, are coming off a 34-21 loss at home to Arizona last Friday. The Bruins were idle last weekend and will play their first game since Nov. 17, when they fell 27-0 to USC.
In the Series UCLA holds an 11-6-1 edge in the all-time series, although Arizona State has been victorious in five of the last seven meetings. Last year, then 15th-ranked UCLA came back from a 21-0 deficit to defeat ASU 38-31 at the Rose Bowl. ASU holds a 4-5-1 record on the road against UCLA and a 4-3-1 mark against UCLA in the Rose Bowl, while the Sun Devils have earned a win or tie in five of the last eight meetings in Pasadena. ASU is 5-6-1 all time when playing in Pasadena including appearances in the Rose Bowl in 1987 and 1997. ASU head coach Dirk Koetter is 0-1 against UCLA in his career with his 1999 Boise State team falling to the Bruins 38-7 in Pasadena.
Sun Devil Awards Presented While the offensive and defensive team MVPs will not be named until after the UCLA game, ASU handed out 12 of its annual team awards at a Nov. 24 banquet. Among the awards, senior safety Willie Daniel and senior center Scott Peters were given the Cecil Abono Co-Captain Awards, senior offensive lineman Marquise Muldrow and senior wide receiver Ryan Dennard were co-recipients of the Mike Bartholomew Award (most improved offensive player) and senior defensive tackle Tommie Townsend earned the Gail Scott Award (most improved defensive player). Freshman safety Jason Shivers was given the Bill Kajikawa Sun Devil Award, which goes to the team's most outstanding freshman, while junior safety Al Williams was honored with the Sun Devil Valor Award, for courage or great team play. Other awards presented at the banquet were the following: Sun Devil Iron Man Award (excellence in the weight room) to senior wide receiver Donnie O'Neal and senior linebacker Eric Fields, Special Teams Iron Man Award to junior Josh Amobi, Babe Alex Demon Award (special teams player of the year) to senior Tom Pace, Clyde B. Smith Award (academic achievement) to senior offensive tackle Levi Jones, McBurney Scout Team Award (top offensive scout player) to freshman quarterback Chad Christensen, Glen Hawkins Scout Team Award (top defensive scout player) to freshman safety Joey Smith, Frank Kush Award (outstanding support by a booster) to Wally Kelly.
More Awards Senior offensive tackle Levi Jones and sophomore defensive end Terrell Suggs will be honored as Football News All-Americans in the December 15 issue of that publication. Jones earned second team honors, while Suggs received third-team acclaim.
Exposure Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports West will team up to broadcast the UCLA game with Bill MacDonald, former UCLA wide receiver Mike Sherrard and former Chicago Bears standout Doug Plank calling the action. 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.
UCLA Connections UCLA defensive coordinator Phil Snow spent the previous nine seasons at Arizona State on former head coach Bruce Snyder's staff. Snow was ASU's defensive coordinator for seven years, coaching the Pac-10's best defense in 1996.
Senior Farewell The Arizona State squad features 19 seniors playing in their final regular-season game for the Sun Devils 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, 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.
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 Oct. 28, Arizona is now on Mountain time, meaning that Saturday's game at UCLA will kick off at 3 p.m. Mountain and 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
Last Time OutAfter falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter, the Sun Devils outscored Arizona in the final three quarters but could not overcome the early deficit, falling 34-21 to lose their fourth-straight game. Arizona quarterback Jason Johnson got hot early, completing seven of his first nine passes -- six of them to Bobby Wade -- to jump on top of ASU in the first quarter.
Trailing 14-0, ASU was poised to score facing first down at the Arizona 30-yard-line, when a cross-field pass from halfback Tom Pace intended for quarterback Andrew Walter was intercepted by the Wildcats, starting what would be another scoring drive for Arizona. Making his first start, Walter rallied the Sun Devils on their next possession, completing four passes on an 11-play drive, including a 19-yard touchdown strike to Donnie O'Neal that cut the game to 20-7. The Sun Devils appeared ready for more when they marched to the Arizona 14-yard-line on their next possession, but a fumble by Delvon Flowers gave the ball to the Wildcats and ended ASU's scoring threat.
Having entered the game late in the second quarter, ASU's regular starting quarterback Jeff Krohn replaced Walter to start the second half. The Sun Devils' first drive of the half ended in a 33-yard touchdown rush by Flowers that cut the game to 20-14. Eventually, the Wildcat offense responded, putting together an 80-yard scoring drive that increased their lead to 27-14 with 3:15 left in the third quarter when Johnson connected with Malosi Leonard for a 10-yard score. Two plays into the Sun Devils' next possession, Krohn was intercepted by Brandon Nash, who returned the pick 13 yards for the score.
On a three-yard run by Flowers, ASU added another touchdown with 7:39 to play in the game, but could get no closer. Flowers finished the game with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Walter, who finished the first half nine-of-14 passing for 123 yards and one touchdown, finished the game 10-of-22 for 132 yards. Krohn completed five of his 13 passes for 52 yards.
Racking up the Receiving YardsWith 1039 receiving yards so far this year, sophomore wide receiver Shaun McDonald already ranks third on the ASU single-season charts and needs just 105 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 four of his last five games, including five catches for 169 yards 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.
Although he had only 71 yards receiving last Friday vs. Arizona, it was enough for McDonald to become only the fifth Sun Devil in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and his total of 1,039 yards nearly triples the 358 yards he had all of the last season. McDonald currently leads the Pac-10 with an average of 103.9 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. 1,039 Shaun McDonald (44), 20014. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19955. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19706. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Flowers Starting to BloomWith 991 rushing yards this season, senior tailback Delvon Flowers needs just nine more to earn his first 1,000-yard season. Coming off a 20-carry, 138-yard and two-touchdown performance vs. Arizona, Flowers has rushed for 100-yards or more in each of his last three games, becoming the first Sun Devil to accomplish the feat since Michael Martin in 1997. Since 1992, a Sun Devil has rushed for 100-or-more yards in three straight games only five times (Flowers in 2001, Martin in 1997, Terry Battle in 1996, Mario Bates in 1993 and 1992). The ASU record for consecutive games rushing for 100-yards in a season is five, accomplished first by Max Anderson in 1967, then by Art Malone in 1968.
Flowers has five 100-yard games this season and a total of seven in his career. He leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing this year, averaging 99.1 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry, while his 991 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 nine rushing touchdowns in the last five games and a total of 10 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 43 touchdowns this season (19 rushing, 22 passing, 1 interception return, 1 fumble recovery), which marks the most since the team had 44 in 1998. The Sun Devils are averaging 33.20 points per game which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 23rd in the nation. BYU leads the nation in scoring at 47.45 points per game, while Stanford tops the Pac-10 at 36.70 ppg. At home, ASU is averaging 37.5 points per game (263 points in seven games). ASU's 33.2 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 sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring and second in touchdown scoring (6.8 points per game). Junior placekicker Mike Barth is eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 6.4 points per game, and senior tailback Delvon Flowers is tied for ninth in touchdown scoring (6.0 ppg).
Super SuggsWith 10 sacks, sophomore defensive end Terrell Suggs has already matched his output from last season, while his 18 tackles for loss exceeds last year's output by two. Those numbers are all the more impressive considering that Suggs is regularly double-teamed by the opposition. Second in the conference in total sacks (10 for 57 yards) and tackles for loss (18 for 79 yards), Suggs is first in the league in solo sacks (10) and is tied for first with four forced fumbles. 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 34 in his first two years.
In the past seven games, Suggs has turned in six sacks and 12 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.
Suggs' Game-by-Game in 2001Opponent Tackles (Solo) TFL SacksSan Diego State 3 (3) 2-13 2-13at Stanford 6 (3) 3-6 1-2San Jose State 2 (1) 1-5 1-5Louisiana-Lafayette 10 (6) 4-14 2-10at USC 6 (6) 5-22 2-11Oregon State 4 (1) 1-8 1-8Washington 4 (1) 0-0 0-0at Oregon 1 (0) 0-0 0-0Washington State 2 (2) 1-8 1-8Arizona 3 (1) 1-3 0-0Totals 38 (23) 17-76 10-57
ASU Career Sacks ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-93 1. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-792. 28 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-82 2. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-933. 26 Scott Stephen, 1983-86 57 Al Harris, 1975-784. 22 Bob Kohrs, 1978-79 4. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-825. 20 Terrell Suggs, 2000-pres. 5. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-00 20 Jim Jeffcoat, 1979-82 6. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86 7. 34 Terrell Suggs, 2000-pres.
Kickoff NotesThe Sun Devils have been excelling on kickoffs and kickoff returns as of late. ASU is ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation with an average of 23.6 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 12th 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 ninth at 20.9 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 11.0 tackles over the last four 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 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 22 touchdown passes, the Sun Devils are seven shy 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 quarterbacks Matt Cooper and Andrew Walter 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 three games this year (at USC, at Oregon, vs. Arizona). In addition to McDonald, seniors Ryan Dennard and Donnie O'Neal have pulled down four each, 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
Keeping Up With KrohnPlaying less than half of the Arizona game, Jeff Krohn passed for only 52 yards against the Wildcats but with 1,942 total yards on the season has already passed his freshman effort of 1,751 ... 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 12th in the country in passing efficiency (153.4) ... Krohn ranks seventh in the conference in passing yards per game (194.2) and seventh in total offense (192.7) ... 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 three games this year (USC, Oregon, Arizona) and more than one TD strike in five of ten 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).
Jeff Krohn's Career Passing NumbersYear G/GS Comp.-Att. Yds. Pct. TD/Int. Lg. Avg./G2000 10/10 125-254 1751 49.2 12/6 90 175.12001 10/9 115-213 1942 54.0 19/7 68 194.2Totals 20/19 240-467 3693 51.3 31/13 90 184.6
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.
Multiple TD Games of Krohn's CareerOpponent (Year) A-C-I Yds TDsUtah State (2000) 10-6-0 248 4Oregon (2000) 34-21-1 432 5San Diego State (2001) 35-27-0 271 4Stanford (2001) 37-17-1 366 3San Jose State (2001) 22-15-2 229 4Louisiana-Lafayette (2001) 23-12-0 290 4Washington (2001) 29-17-1 320 2
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 37-of-38 (.973) 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 fifth 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 five times in 2001, including a career-high 226 yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 20. ASU is 234-46-5 (.829) 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 (eight games) and Baker (seven) 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-Ons Sophomore 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.
Pac-10 All-Academic Selections Announced Arizona State placed nine members of its football team on the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic team. First-team honors went to junior place kicker Mike Barth, defensive lineman Phil Howard, senior linebacker Eric Fields and sophomore running back Mike Williams. Second-team honors went to senior running back Tom Pace, junior defensive back Patrick Wilson and senior punter Nike Murphy. Sophomore wide receiver Skyler Fulton and senior long snapper B.J. Miller were honorable mention selections.Barth and Williams are also members of the 2001 Verizon All-Academic All-District VIII team.
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