Football Wrap Up Non-Conference Schedule Saturday Night at Sun Devil Stadium
Sept. 30, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Riding a four-game winning streak, the team's longest in five years, the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1) wrap up their non-conference slate Saturday night, playing host to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Sun Devil Stadium. Last week, Arizona State snapped a five-game Pac-10 game losing streak as well as a four-game Pac-10 season-opener skid with the team's 65-24 victory over Stanford. North Carolina comes to Tempe on a two-game losing streak, falling to Georgia Tech 21-13 last weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the Tar Heels' ACC opener.
Last week's victory over the Cardinal gave the Sun Devils their fourth straight overall win, which is the second-longest winning streak in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (nine), and matched the team's wins total from last year (4-7). With a victory this week vs. North Carolina, Arizona State would have its longest winning streak since earning five straight victories in 1997 and its best start to the season since the 1996 Sun Devils opened the year with 11 straight victories en route to an appearance in the Rose Bowl. Saturday night's game against the Tar Heels marks the middle of a three-game homestand for the Sun Devils. Arizona State holds a 9-1 record in its last 10 non-conference games and is also looking for its fourth straight win over a non-league opponent.
During its current four-game winning streak, Arizona State, which is playing the longest regular season in the university annals this year, has averaged 47.0 points per game and outscored its opponents 188-67, including a 98-14 scoring advantage in the second half in those four games.
In the SeriesArizona State leads the all-time series with North Carolina 1-0 with the previous meeting between the two teams coming in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30, 1970 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Ga. In one of the most uncharacteristic games in school history, played in the middle of a raging snowstorm (see page 195 of the ASU media guide for a photo), the Sun Devils earned a 48-26 victory over the Tar Heels to finish the season with a perfect 11-0 record and a No. 6 national ranking. ASU is 3-5 all time vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference with the team's last win over an ACC team coming in 1971 with a 45-38 victory over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl.
ExposureThe Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 13 of ASU's football games this season live on its 14-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta (pre- and postgame) and Dave Burns (sidelines) 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. There will be no television for the North Carolina game.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter will select single-game captains each week. Koetter's selections for the North Carolina game are senior linebacker Mason Unck, sophomore defensive end Jimmy Verdon and junior left tackle Regis Crawford.
Last Time OutSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter completed 22 of 37 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns, and redshirt freshman tailback Cornell Canidate rushed 15 times for 77 yards and three TDs as Arizona State set a school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game in defeating Stanford 65-24 in an ABC regional television broadcast.
Walter, who did not play in the fourth quarter, completed passes to nine different players and three touchdown passes to five different receivers. His scoring strikes were 27 yards to Shaun McDonald, nine yards to Canidate, 27 yards to Mike Pinkard, 14 yards to Skyler Fulton, and 44 yards to Daryl Lightfoot. Walter's attempts (37), completions (22), yards (414) and touchdowns (5) were all career highs. His five TD tosses tied for third on the all-time ASU single-game touchdown pass list, and he became the first Sun Devil quarterback since Jeff Krohn (432 vs. Oregon in 2000) to throw for over 400 yards in a game.
Canidate, making his first career start, found the end zone twice in the first quarter on a nine-yard TD catch midway through the quarter and six minutes later on a one-yard run. He added TD runs of eight and seven yards in the third quarter.
The defensive stars for ASU were linebackers Mason Unck and Josh Amobi and defensive end Terrell Suggs. Unck led the squad with 13 tackles, three forced fumbles and a tackle for loss. He also tipped a Stanford pass to teammate Joey Smith for an interception. Amobi recoved two Cardinal fumbles, one of which he returned for 51 yards, and added four tackles. Suggs returned an interception 22 yards and had three tackles.
Stanford scored first on its first drive, but ASU tied it on its first possession and never looked back. Senior Mike Barth added three field goals in the game, including a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter.
The victory gave ASU its fourth straight win, its longest winning streak since 1997 and increased its series lead with Stanford to 12-7, including a 7-3 advantage in Tempe. Temperature at kickoff was 92 degrees.
Lighting Up the ScoreboardThe Sun Devils are averaging 39.6 points per game, which ranks third in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation. The team set a school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game last week with its 65-24 win over Stanford, besting the previous mark of 62 points, which also came against Stanford in a 1981 game (62-36 win). The 65 points ASU scored last week vs. the Cardinal were the most since the team tallied 66 against UTEP on Oct. 22, 1977. It also marked the fifth time that a Dirk Koetter-coached team has topped the 60-point mark (twice at Arizona State).
Since managing just 10 points in their season opener at Nebraska, the Sun Devils have averaged 47.0 ppg in the last four contests (all wins) and have outscored their opponents 188-67 in that stretch.
Last year, the Sun Devils averaged 34.0 points per game in 2001, which tied for third in the Pac-10 with conference champion Oregon and 19th in the nation. The total marked the most for the team since 1996 when the Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils averaged 40.7 points per contest.
Walter's WorldSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter, who leads the nation in passing efficiency at 185.84, turned in the best day of his career last week vs. Stanford, completing 22 of 37 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns. With the 414 passing yards, he became the first Sun Devil to throw for at least 400 yards since Jeff Krohn had 432 yards vs. Oregon in 2000. On the season, Walter has completed 47 of 82 attempts for 807 yards (ninth in the Pac-10 at 161.4 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns with just one interception. Prior to having a ball intercepted in the first quarter vs. Stanford, he had completed 33 of 54 passes without a pick this year. Of the quarterbacks in the Pac-10, only Oregon State's Derek Anderson (15) has thrown more touchdown passes than Walter so far this year.
Walter's five touchdown passes in the Stanford game, which was his first start of the year, also tied for third-best in school history with Krohn also throwing five TD passes in that 2000 Oregon game. In his last two games, Walter has completed 33 of 57 attempts (.579) for 628 yards and nine touchdowns.
ASU Single-Game Touchdown Passes1. 7 Mike Pagel, vs. Stanford, 19812. 6 Danny White, vs. New Mexico, 19713. 5 Andrew Walter, vs. Stanford, 2002 5 Jeff Krohn, vs. Oregon, 20004. 4 20 times (last by Andrew Walter, at San Diego State, 2002)
Racking up the Receiving TDsWith his 10 catches for 221 yards last week vs. Stanford, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald turned in the third-best receiving performance in Arizona State history, trailing just the 227 yards by Ron Fair in 1989 (19 catches) and the 232 yards by Eric Guliord (12 catches) in 1990. With the effort, McDonald also set the school record for yards per catch for 10 receptions with a 22.1 yards-per-catch mark, a record previously held by Aaron Cox (191 yards vs. Arizona in 1986).
McDonald has caught eight touchdown passes in the last three games, including a school-record-tying four Sept. 14 at San Diego State. He needs just two more touchdown catches to tie his TD production of one year ago and just one more to move into ASU's top six for single-season TD catches. McDonald has caught 31 passes for 528 yards and eight TDs this season and currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation with 6.2 receptions per game, second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with 105.6 receiving yards per game and fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 23rd in the nation in scoring at 9.6 points per game.
With his four TD catches vs. the Aztecs three weeks ago, McDonald tied the school record he holds along with John Allen. McDonald also caught four TD passes in 2001 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, and Allen did it in 1953 vs. San Jose State. McDonald has caught 19 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just six shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84).
McDonald opened the 2002 season with a solid performance, catching seven passes for 73 yards at Nebraska. The speedy junior turned in a then season-high eight catches for 175 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, since bested by his career-high 10 receptions for 221 yards vs. Stanford. McDonald has caught at least one pass in each of the last 20 games, dating back to the 2000 season.
A preseason second-team All-American by Athlon and an All-Pac-10 selection by several publications, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald finished second on the ASU single-season charts with 1,104 receiving yards last year, just 40 yards shy of the single-season mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. McDonald led the Pac-10 and finished 10th in the nation with an average of 100.4 yards per game. He also shattered ASU season marks for receiving yards per game (100.4 ypg) and receiving yards per catch (23.5 ypc), records previously held by Ron Fair (98.3 yards per game in 1989) and Morris Owens (22.0 yards per catch in 1973), respectively.
A 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, McDonald turned in a total of five 100-yard games last season, matching the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989. McDonald caught 10 touchdown passes in 2001 which ranks fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)4. 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)6. 20 John Jefferson (1974-77)7. 19 Shaun McDonald (2000-present)8. 17 Morris Owens (1972-74)9. 16 Aaron Cox (1984-87)10. 15 Lenzie Jackson (1995-98)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19732. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20013. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19894. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19955. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19706. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Pac-10 OpenersWith last week's victory over Stanford, Arizona State snapped a four-game losing streak in Pac-10 openers and won its first conference opener since beginning the 1997 conference slate with a 13-10 victory at Oregon State on Sept. 27. Arizona State now holds an 8-15-2 all-time record in Pac-10 Conference openers since joining the league in 1978, while last week's game marked just the second time in six years that the Sun Devils opened Pac-10 Conference play at home.
Notes on the DefenseThe Sun Devils snagged four interceptions in last week's win over Stanford, the most in a single game since the team had five in a 1998 win over California... with nine interceptions on the year, ASU has already matched its total from all of last year... the Arizona State defense ranks first in the Pac-10 in sacks with 19 for a loss of 113 yards... ASU has also tallied 49 tackles for loss (203 yards)... the Sun Devils have allowed just 14 second-half points in the last four games (two field goals at San Diego State and a TD and two-point conversion by Stanford)... Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in five individual statistical categories with junior defensive end Terrell Suggs first in sacks (8-40) and tied for first in tackles for loss (10.5-58), sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver first in pass deflections (nine), senior linebacker Mason Unck first in fumbles forced (five) and senior linebacker Josh Amobi first in fumbles recovered (three)... three Sun Devils rank in the top 10 in the Pac-10 in tackles led by sophomore safety Riccardo Stewart and Unck who are tied for fourth with 41 tackles each (8.2 per game) and sophomore free safety Jason Shivers is 10th with 38 (7.6 per game)...Oliver leads the team and is tied for third in the Pac-10 and 18th in the nation with three interceptions... that marks the most interceptions for a Sun Devil since Nijrell Eason had five in 2000... ASU has held opponents to just 29.3 percent on third down conversions (22-of-75) which ranks fourth in the Pac-10... the Sun Devils held Eastern Washington to minus-13 rushing yards on Aug. 31, the lowest total in 10 seasons since Howard Schnellenberger's Louisville struggled to minus-78 rushing yards in 1992 at Sun Devil Stadium... ASU also held EWU scoreless with the Eagles' only points in the game coming on a team safety in the third quarter... it marked the first time since the Sun Devils' 19-0 shutout of Nebraska in 1996 that ASU's defense did not allow a point in a game... ASU recorded a safety for the first time since Nov. 11, 2001 vs. No. 11 Washington State when Suggs posted a sack against Central Florida.
Turnover TaleAfter forcing just one turnover in their first two games, the Sun Devils have forced 17 in the last three games, including a season-high seven last week vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles). Arizona State is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation in turnover margin (1.80). Already this season, ASU has forced 18 turnovers (nine interceptions, nine fumbles), matching the 18 the team had all of last season.
On the GroundRedshirt freshman Cornell Canidate made the most of his first career start last week vs. Stanford, turning in 15 carries for 77 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass in the game, making him the 19th Sun Devil in school history to score at least four touchdowns in a game. His three rushing touchdowns were the most since Delvon Flowers scored three times on the ground last year at Oregon.
Canidate, who has led the team in rushing in all five games this season, is ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing with 66.0 yards per game and seventh in touchdown scoring with 7.2 points per game. He turned in 15 carries for 85 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, while he tallied 15 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31 to become the first rookie to top the century mark in a game since Mike Williams. Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State in 2000 as a true freshman. ASU is 234-42-5 (.842) all time when a player gains 100 yards or more on the ground.
Climbing the Career ChartsWith another sack Sept. 14 at San Diego State, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs continues to lead the Pac-10 with eight sacks this year and has moved into a tie for second on the ASU career list with 28 sacks in his three years in Tempe. Suggs also continues to climb the ASU career chart for tackles for loss and is sixth on that list with 52.5 career tackles for loss. The team leader in each category in each of the last two seasons, he had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season-opener. Last year, the third-team Football News All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection led the Pac-10 in solo sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. He also finished second in total sacks (10 for 57 yards) and tackles for loss (18 for 79 yards) in 2001.
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 28 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present 28 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-824. 26 Scott Stephen, 1983-865. 22 Bob Kohrs, 1978-796. 20 Jim Jeffcoat, 1979-82
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-792. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-784. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-825. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-006. 52.5 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present7. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Suggs' Game-by-Game in 2002Opponent Tackles (Solo) TFL Sacksat Nebraska 4 (2) 1-1 1-1Eastern Washington 5 (3) 2-20 3-20Central Florida 7 (6) 4.5-24 3-14at San Diego State 4 (3) 1-13 1-5Stanford* 3 (1) 0-0 0-0Totals 23 (15) 10.5-58 8-40* Suggs also had an interception vs. Stanford
Putting the Special in Special TeamsASU currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (22.8 yards per return) and kickoff coverage (17.0 yards per return)... true freshman linebacker Jamar Williams blocked a punt that was recovered by redshirt freshman wide receiver Matt Miller for a touchdown vs. San Diego State on Sept. 14, the first time ASU scored a touchdown off a blocked punt since 1994 (Damien Richardson vs. Arizona)... redshirt freshman Hakim Hill currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (109.4 ypg), third in the league in kickoff returns (24.8 yards per return) and seventh in the Pac-10 in punt returns (10.4 ypr)... Hill was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 9 to become the Sun Devils' first special teams 'returner' to be named POW since Terry Battle on Nov. 2, 1996... Hill had 157 kickoff return yards (five attempts) vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7, which was just two yards short of the school record held by Kevin Galbreath vs. Houston in 1990... Senior Mike Barth attempted a 57-yard field goal vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31. Had it not missed wide left, Barth would have bettered the school record of a 55-yarder kicked by Luis Zendejas vs. Oregon State in 1982... Barth ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and tied for 24th in the nation this year with 1.4 field goals per game... he is also third in the league in kick scoring (8.8 points per game).
Comeback KidsArizona State fell behind 22-0 in the second quarter at San Diego State and rallied to win 39-28 on Sept. 14, largely on the performance of injured quarterback Andrew Walter who came into the game with 5:25 to play in the second half. Walter threw a career-best four touchdown passes in the contest, including two on his first two passes in the ballgame, to lead ASU to the win. The 22-point mark was the largest deficit overcome to win in ASU history, according to ASU records and Sun Devil historians Barry Sollenberger and Bob Eger.
ASU's previous largest comeback had been on Oct. 12, 1996 at UCLA when Jake Plummer helped the Sun Devils turn a 28-7 second-quarter deficit into a 42-34 victory. Plummer electrified the crowd at the Rose Bowl by throwing three TD passes, running for a score and catching a TD pass over the final three quarters for the victory. The Sun Devils had also previously overcome a 29-point deficit (down 35-6 in the third quarter) to tie with USC in regulation on Nov. 4, 2000 at Sun Devil Stadium but lost 44-38 in double overtime in ASU's NCAA-record-tying third straight overtime game.
Youth MovementTrue freshman Chaz White started at right tackle Sept. 14 at San Diego State, becoming the first Sun Devil to start on the offensive line as a true freshman since Dan Mackie started the last 10 games of the 1979 season at center. White is also just the third true freshman in school history to start on the o-line with right guard Rick Torbert in 1974 being the other one.
Arizona State's young squad features a total of 27 players who have seen the first action of their ASU careers this year (eight true freshmen, 12 redshirt freshmen and seven juniors). A total of 20 players saw the first action of their ASU careers at Nebraska, while 31 of ASU's 63 players who saw action vs. EWU were true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores.
ASU's current depth chart features a total of 25 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores), including nine starters.
A total of eight true freshmen have seen action so far this year. Five true freshmen played at Nebraska including safety Matt Fawley, wide receiver Derek Hagan, defensive end Nick Johnson, fullback Mike Talbot and linebacker Jamar Williams, while three more - cornerback Mike Davis Jr., defensive lineman Ali Likio and offensive lineman Chaz White - all played for the first time of their careers vs. Eastern Washington. That total already surpasses the number of true freshmen who played last year (four) and matches the most true freshmen to play in a season since 1994. That year's eight true freshmen included Sun Devil standouts Terry Battle, Jason Simmons, Damien Richardson and Pat Tillman. ASU's current roster features 20 players who saw action during their true freshman seasons: Daryl Lightfoot, Jason Shivers, Barton Hammit and Lamar Baker (2001); Terrell Suggs, Mike Karney, Mike Williams and Skyler Fulton (2000); Solomon Bates, Josh Amobi and Mike Barth (1999); and Justin Taplin (1998).
Young GunsSophomore safety Riccardo Stewart is tied with senior linebacker Mason Unck for the team lead in tackles with 41, while sophomore safety Jason Shivers trails just behind with 38. All three rank in the top 10 in the Pac-10 with Stewart and Unck tied for fourth and Shivers checking in at 10th.
Stewart moved into the lead when he tallied a team-best eight stops vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7 and turned in his second double-digit outing of the year last week with 10 tackles (four solo) vs. Stanford. Shivers paced the Sun Devils in tackles with 16 (seven solos, nine assists) in the season-opener at Nebraska, a total that was just one shy of his career high of 17 last year vs. Washington, and again with 11 (eight solos) vs. San Diego State on Sept. 14.
In 2001 as a true freshman, Shivers led the Sun Devils and finished eighth in the Pac-10 with an average of 8.1 tackles per game. With his 89 tackles (51 solo stops), the Sporting News Freshman All-American became the first Sun Devil freshman to lead the team in tackles and the first underclassman since Darren Woodson turned in 122 tackles as a sophomore in 1989.
The leader of ASU's very young backfield, Shivers turned in a career-best 17 tackles last Oct. 27 against Washington (four solos, 13 assists), which was the third-highest single-game total in the Pac-10 last year. It also marked the most tackles by a Sun Devil since Joe Cesta had 17 (12 solo) in a 1998 loss at Oregon.
Suggs on Lombardi & Nagurski Watch ListsA preseason All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs is on the preseason watch lists for two of the most prestigous awards in college football, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Suggs is one of 49 players on the preseason watch list for the 33rd Rotary Lombardi Award. The Lombardi Award is annually presented to the top lineman in the country with eligibility limited to down linemen and defenders who line up within five yards of the football. To be eligible for the preseason watch list, players had to have earned All-America or first-team all-conference honors last year. The Lombardi Award watch list will be narrowed down to 12 semifinalists later in the fall with the winner to be announced on December 11 in Houston.
Suggs is also listed among the 64 players on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive player. The winner is selected by the 800-member Football Writers Association of America and will be presented on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C.
McDonald on Biletnikoff Watch ListJunior wide receiver Shaun McDonald is one of 32 players on the watch list for the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, which is annually presented to the top wide receiver in the country by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists and then three finalists later this fall, while the award will be presented at the ESPN Annual Awards show on Dec. 12.
Early BirdsArizona State's August 24th game at Nebraska in the BCA Classic marked the earliest start to the football season in school history. The August 24th start was six days earlier than the previous earliest season opener, which was in 1997 when the team opened at home vs. New Mexico State on Aug. 30. Only two other Division I-A football games were played earlier this season with Colorado State's Aug. 22 game at Virginia being the earliest. A total of four Division I-A games were played on Aug. 24.
The Sun Devils' 2002 season will also enter uncharted waters as the team will play 13 regular-season games, the most in school history. Taking into account the number of scheduled games and the early start, ASU will have played three games by the time that many teams will have just kicked off the 2002 campaign.
The GraduatesASU's football roster features six student-athletes who have earned their undergraduate degrees - defensive lineman James Beal, tight end Matt Cooper, defensive lineman Phil Howard, fullback Darrel Turner, linebacker Mason Unck and safety Alfred Williams - while several others are scheduled to graduate in December of 2002, including long snapper Jay Breckenridge, defensive lineman Danny Masaniai, tight end Mike Pinkard, wide receiver Justin Taplin and safety Patrick Wilson.
NFL Draft NotesWith left tackle Levi Jones being taken by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 10th pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, it marked the third straight season and 20th overall that a Sun Devil has been taken in the first round. Arizona State had a total of four offensive linemen drafted in the first round in 2002 (Jones, Scott Peters, Travis Scott and Kyle Kosier). Since the NFL Draft has gone to its current format of seven rounds in 1994, only Penn State in 1996 has had four offensive linemen taken in the draft.
ASU Hall of Fame InducteesA pair of former Sun Devil football standouts, Danny Villa and Freddie Williams, will be among the 12 inductees into the Arizona State Hall of Fame this season. All 12 inductees will be honored at halftime of the Homecoming/Hall of Fame football game on Oct. 26 vs. Washington at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field and at ceremonies throughout the weekend.
Villa (1983-86) was team captain and anchor of the 1986 offensive line that propelled Arizona State to its first Pac-10 Conference title and the 1987 Rose Bowl crown. Villa was a 1986 consensus All-America pick by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association, the first offensive lineman at Arizona State to achieve this status. He also won the 1986 Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-10 Offensive Lineman of the Year, as voted by the conference's defensive linemen.
'Fast Freddie' Williams (1973-76) earned Associated Press honorable-mention All-America status in 1975 and AP and UPI honorable-mention All-America in 1974. Williams was an All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 1974 and 1975 and helped the 1975 team post an undefeated 12-0 record, a Fiesta Bowl victory and a No. 2 final national ranking. He currently is the second all-time leading rusher in Arizona State history with 3,424 yards and 17 career 100-yard games.
Jefferson to Be Inducted into College Hall of FameFormer ASU wide receiver John Jefferson (1974-77) will be one of 13 players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., this fall. Jefferson, who earned his B.A. in history from Arizona State in 1989, becomes the third Sun Devil to be inducted into the College Hall of Fame. Legendary head coaches Dan Devine and Frank Kush were inducted in 1985 and 1996, respectively, quarterback Danny White was inducted in 1997 and defensive back Mike Haynes was inducted in 2001.
A 1979 inductee into the Arizona State Hall of Fame, Jefferson is known as arguably the greatest pass-catcher in the history of the program. Jefferson rewrote the university, Western Athletic Conference and NCAA record books. A consensus All-America selection in 1977 and two-time all-conference pick, Jefferson concluded his career with an NCAA record 42 consecutive games with a reception. He remains the ASU all-time leader in career receptions with 188 and career receiving yardage with 2,993 yards. Recognized as Arizona Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1977, Jefferson was twice selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and led the team in receiving all four years.
Following graduation, Jefferson was selected fourth overall in the first round of the 1978 National Football League draft by the San Diego Chargers. He played parts of eight NFL seasons with the Chargers, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns, being named to the Pro Bowl four times. After retiring, Jefferson became an assistant coach at the University of Kansas before becoming director of player development for the Washington Redskins.
Silver AnniversaryThe 2002 football season will mark Arizona State's 25th year as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference, a milestone commemorated on the covers of this season's football media guide. The covers feature a collage of many of the players, coaches and moments that have contributed to ASU's Pac-10 successes, including the Sun Devils' 1986 and 1996 Pac-10 Championship seasons.
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