Undefeated Football Ready To Take On Iowa
Sept. 13, 2004
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Coming off a 31-20 victory at Northwestern last Saturday, the Arizona State football team returns to Sun Devil Stadium this week, playing host to the No. 16/12 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) on Saturday, Sept. 18. Saturday's game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised regionally by FSN Arizona. With last week's victory over the Wildcats, the Sun Devils snapped a three-game road losing streak and earned their sixth win in eight tries against an opponent from the Big Ten Conference. This week, the team will be looking to improve to 3-0 on the year for the first time since 2000 and avenge a 21-2 loss to the Hawkeyes in Iowa City last year. Iowa is 2-0 after opening the season with a win over Kent State on Sept. 4 and a 17-10 victory against Iowa State last week.
With 47 returning letterwinners and 14 returning starters, fourth-year head coach Dirk Koetter's Sun Devils have been picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 by the league's media. Following this week's matchup with the Hawkeyes, ASU opens the Pac-10 Conference slate next weekend by playing host to the Oregon State Beavers (0-2), a team picked to finish fourth in the league, Saturday, Sept. 25 at Sun Devil Stadium
Fox Sports Net Arizona will televise the Iowa game to a regional cable audience with Tom Dillon (play-by-play) and former Sun Devil quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Danny White (color analyst) calling the action. The game will also be part of the ESPN Game Plan package with ESPN Regional carrying the Iowa telecast.
The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 11 of ASU's football games live on its 12-station radio network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix. Tim Healey (play-by-play), former Sun Devil quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst) and Paul Calvisi (pregame and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. Calvisi will also provide reports from the ASU sidelines during home games. ASU games can also be heard live on the Sun Devils' official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
In the Series
Arizona State holds a 1-1 record in the series with Iowa with the Hawkeyes earning a 21-2 victory over the Sun Devils on Sept. 20 of last year at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa held Arizona State to just 12 first downs and 184 yards of total offense in that game. ASU won the first meeting between the two schools with a 17-7 victory on Dec. 31, 1997 in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. ASU tailback Michael Martin was the MVP in that game, turning in 27 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown to lead ASU to the bowl win.
Sun Devils vs. the Big Ten
Arizona State holds an11-5 record against teams from the Big Ten Conference and has won six of its last eight contests against Big Ten schools, including last week's 31-20 victory at Northwestern. ASU's stretch of six wins in eight tries dates back to a Sept. 13, 1986 victory over Michigan State in that year's season opener at Sun Devil Stadium.
This weekend is the second of back-to-back games against opponents from the Big Ten for the Sun Devils, while ASU's game with Iowa is the one of five games that have pitted Pac-10 and Big Ten teams over the last two weeks with ASU downing NU, Oregon falling to Indiana and UCLA winning at Illinois last week and ASU playing host to the Hawkeyes and Arizona taking on Wisconsin this week.
Last Time Out
A forced fumble by senior safety Riccardo Stewart late in the fourth quarter allowed the Arizona State Sun Devils to overcome a late surge by the Northwestern Wildcats and come away with the 30-21 victory last week in Evanston, Ill.
Trading punts to begin the game, the Sun Devils pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory and used a 34-yard punt return by redshirt freshman Rudy Burgess to set up a 20-yard field goal from sophomore Jesse Ainsworth which put ASU ahead 3-0.
Northwestern answered as the second quarter began, using two straight long rushes by tailback Noah Herron, the second stretching for nine yards and a TD. With 14:32 left in the first half, Northwestern held their only lead of the game, 7-3.
After a botched fake punt by the Wildcats, senior Andrew Walter connected with junior Derek Hagan on a 47-yard touchdown pass, capping a four-play, 60-yard drive and giving the Sun Devils the lead back at 10-7. Hagan finished the game with eight catches for 154 yards and a pair of TDs, his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game.
With time running down in the half, the Sun Devils used a balanced attack to score their second touchdown. Sophomore Loren Wade ran the ball 16 yards to set up a 41-yard pass from Walter to Hagan for the score and a 17-7 halftime lead. Wade collected 108 yards on a career-best 24 rushes in the game.
In the second half, Wade ran the ball five times and Walter completed three passes in ASU's first drive, including a 30-yard TD pass play to sophomore Terry Richarson to give ASU a 24-7 lead with 8:56 remaining in the third. Richardson hauled in five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown on the day.
The Wildcats then took advantage of a couple of big plays to swing the momentum back in their favor. Brett Basanez completed a 34-yard pass to Shaun Herbert, setting up Terrell Jordan for a 25-yard rush for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, NU placekicker Brian Huffman booted a perfect kick to the 50-yard line, which was recovered by safety Reggie McPherson to give possession back to the Wildcats. Basanez led his team down field using the pass and scored a touchdown on a 13-yard quarterback keeper to bring NU back within a field goal at 24-21 with just over two minutes remaining in the third. On the following drive which spanned the third and fourth quarters, Walter completed a 14-yard pass to junior Hakim Hill, bringing ASU into the red zone and setting up a 41-yard field goal for Ainsworth to put ASU up 27-21.
After a missed 47-yard field goal on the Sun Devils' next possession, NU was in a position to retake the lead. Basanez gained 34 yards on a quarterback keeper to bring the Wildcats across midfield. However, senior Riccardo Stewart laid a hit on Terrell Jordan, forcing a fumble that was recovered by ASU senior defensive end Ishmael Thrower, the only turnover of the game. With the ball back in their possession, the Sun Devils pounded away at the Northwestern defense on the ground, taking six minutes off the clock on a 14-play, 81-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard Ainsworth field goal to give the Sun Devils a 30-21 advantage. Ainsworth hit 3-of-4 field goals on the day and made all three of his PATs.
Walter finished the game with 292 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-36 passing. Junior linebacker Dale Robinson led the defense with 14 tackles (10 solo), three tackles for loss and a sack.
Wade on the Run
Sophomore Loren Wade has led the team in rushing in each of the first two games this season, including 108 yards on a career-high 24 carries in last week's victory at Northwestern. That marked the fifth career 100-yard rushing game for Wade with his previous 100-yard effort coming with 120 yards on 18 carries last year vs. Arizona on Nov. 28. In two games, Wade is averaging 78.5 yards per contest, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10, including 4.5 yards per carry. Arizona State is now 238-45-5 all time (7-6 under head coach Dirk Koetter) when a player gains 100 or more yards on the ground.
With a team-leading 773 rushing yards last season, Wade broke ASU's 48-year-old freshman rushing record, passing Leon Burton's 1955 mark of 694 yards. Wade led the Sun Devils in rushing with 136 carries for 773 yards and five touchdowns in 2003, marking the second consecutive year that a redshirt freshman paced the team in the category (Cornell Canidate in 2002). Wade finished fifth in the Pac-10 at 70.3 yards per game. He turned in four 100-yard rushing games in 2003, including a stretch of three straight (at North Carolina, at UCLA and vs. California) to become the first Sun Devil to accomplish the feat since Delvon Flowers in 2001. He scored one rushing touchdown in five games last year. Wade's average of 5.7 yards per carry tied for first among the Pac-10's rushing leaders and was the most for the Sun Devils' leading rusher since J.R. Redmond averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 1997.
Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood
Junior linebacker Dale Robinson had made his presence known with big plays and big hits in Arizona State's first two games of the season. He has led the Sun Devils in tackles in each of the first two games, including 14 tackles (10 solo) in Arizona State's victory at Northwestern last week. Robinson is averaging 11.5 tackles per game, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10, and leads the league with 5.5 tackles for loss. Last season while at Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, Robinson was Western States League Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.
Linebackers Producing Big Numbers
Arizona State's linebacking crew of juniors Dale Robinson and Jamar Williams and senior Justin Burks has already reaped big benefits from ASU's switch to a 4-3 defense this season. In the team's first two games, ASU's linebacking trio has accounted for 34 percent of Arizona State's tackles (48 of 140), including 29 of 69 stops last week at Northwestern. Robinson has led the team in tackles in each game and is averaging 11.5 stops per game, while Burks (6.5 per game) and Williams (6.0) are second and third on the team. Burks had eight tackles, including seven solo stops, at NU, while Williams was third on the team with seven tackles (all solo) against the Wildcats.
Through the Air
With three touchdown passes in both ASU's season opener against UTEP and last week's win at Northwestern, senior Andrew Walter has now thrown 61 career TD passes and ranks third on ASU's career list. Walter needs just three more to tie College Football Hall of Famer Danny White for second place on the list and stands just four scoring strikes short of current Denver Bronco Jake Plummer (1993-96) who holds the school record with 65 touchdowns in his illustrious career. Walter has also moved into 10th on the Pac-10's career touchdown passes list and needs just seven more to reach the league's top five. Stanford's John Elway holds the Pac-10 career record with 77 TD passes in his career (1979-82).
He has now turned in 18 multiple touchdown games in his career, including seven in 2003. He is also currently riding a streak of six straight games with at least one TD pass, including three in each of the last three games.
With his 292-effort against Northwestern last week, Walter also reached the 8,000-yard plateau for his career and stands just 827 passing yards short of the ASU career passing mark held by Plummer (8,827 yards, 1993-96). He also ranks 19th on the Pac-10 career passing yards list.
Walter is on pace to set nearly every Arizona State career passing record this season. He holds the top two marks on the Sun Devil single-season passing charts (3,877 yards in 2002 and 3,044 yards in 2003). Walter also ranks second for both career completions and attempts and should set those marks this year as well.
So far in 2004, Walter is averaging 266.5 yards per game and has completed 50.7 percent of his attempts (37-73) with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game. He has not thrown an interception in three straight games, 14 quarters and 118 attempts dating back to last season (his last pick was in the second quarter of the Nov. 15 Washington State game). Walter opened the season with a 241-yard, three-touchdown effort on 18-of-37 passing Sept. 2 against UTEP. He has turned in at least 200 yards passing in 20 of his 26 career starts, including the last five games. Of those 20 games, he has thrown for more than 400 yards five times, including his Pac-10 record 536-yard effort at Oregon in 2002.
Last year, Walter threw 24 touchdown passes, which tied for third on the Arizona State single-season charts. An honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honoree, he threw a season-high four touchdown passes twice last season, including four in the team's season-opening win over Northern Arizona and four at Stanford in November. He has had six career games with at least four TD passes, while his career high is five TDs in the team's 65-24 win over Stanford in 2002.
ASU Career TD Passes:1. 65 Jake Plummer, 1993-962. 64 Danny White, 1971-733. 61 Andrew Walter, 2001-pres.4. 48 Mike Pagel, 1978-815. 46 Dennis Sproul, 1974-77 46 Ryan Kealy, 1997-00
ASU Career Passing Yards:1. 8,827 Jake Plummer, 1993-962. 8,000 Andrew Walter, 2001-pres.3. 6,912 Ryan Kealy, 1997-004. 6,717 Danny White, 1971-735. 6,610 J. Van Raaphorst, 1984-86
ASU Career Attempts:1. 1142 Jake Plummer, 1993-962. 1063 Andrew Walter, 2001-pres.3. 868 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 1984-864. 859 Ryan Kealy, 1997-005. 849 Dennis Sproul, 1974-77
ASU Career Completions:1. 632 Jake Plummer, 1993-962. 570 Andrew Walter, 2001-pres.3. 503 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 1984-864. 477 Ryan Kealy, 1997-005. 418 Paul Justin, 1987-90
ASU Single-Season Passing Yards:1. 3,877 Andrew Walter, 20022. 3,044 Andrew Walter, 20033. 2,878 Danny White, 19734. 2,776 Jake Plummer, 19965. 2,591 Paul Justin, 1989
Junior wide receiver Derek Hagan has led the Sun Devils in receiving in each of the first two games of 2004. In last week's win over Northwestern, he caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, while in the Sept. 2 season-opening win over UTEP, he had eight catches for 119 yards and one touchdown.
The two games marked Hagan's fourth and fifth consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He tallied at least 100 yards in each of the last three games last year (138 yards vs. Stanford, 109 at Washington State and 155 vs. Arizona). He now has eight career 100-yard games, while in his current five-game stretch, Hagan has averaged 135.0 yards (35 catches, 675 yards) and scored eight TDs. St. Louis Ram Shaun McDonald is the only Sun Devil in school history to have four straight 100-yard games in a single season, doing it in 2001. McDonald had a total of five that season, matching the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989.
With 136.5 receiving yards per game, Hagan ranks second in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation, while his 8.0 receptions per contest rank third in the league and 10th in the nation. Of his 16 catches this year, 12 have been resulted in a first down and/or a touchdown (11 first downs and three TDs). Hagan has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of the last five games and is riding a streak of 19 straight contests with a catch (96 receptions in that span), including all 12 games last year.
Hagan has been named a preseason third-team All-American by Athlon in its preseason college football edition. Hagan, who is also listed as a first-team All-Pac-10 selection by the magazine and the 15th-best wide receiver in the nation by Lindy's, led the team in receiving last year with 66 catches for 1,076 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition to leading the team, his 1,076-yard performance ranked fifth on the ASU single-season charts and made him just the seventh Sun Devil in school history to tally 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Hagan finished fifth in the Pac-10 and 19th in the country in 2003 with 89.7 receiving yards per game. With 66 catches, he also ranked second in the ASU record books for receptions in a single season.
Hagan turned in six 100-yard receiving games in 2003 to lead the squad, including a career outing to lead the Sun Devils past North Carolina on Oct. 18. In that game, he hauled in 11 passes for 185 yards (both career bests) and a touchdown. In addition to being a career high, his 11 catches tied with three other Sun Devils for the fourth-best single-game mark in school history.
ASU Season Receiving Yards:1. 1,405 Shaun McDonald (87), 20022. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19733. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20014. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19895. 1,076 Derek Hagan (66), 20036. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19957. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19708. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
ASU Single-Season Receptions:1. 87 S. McDonald (1405 yds.), 20022. 66 Derek Hagan (1076 yds.),20033. 64 Ron Fair (1082 yds.), 19894. 62 Skyler Fulton (901 yds.), 2003 62 Greg Hudson (974 yds.), 1973
Hagan's 100-Yard Games:185 at North Carolina (11 rec.), 10/18/03170 vs. USC (8 rec.), 10/4/03155 at Arizona (8 rec.), 11/28/03154 at Northwestern (8 rec.), 9/11/04138 at Stanford (4 rec.), 11/8/03119 vs. UTEP (8 rec.), 9/2/04109 at Washington St. (7 rec.), 11/15/03108 vs. Oregon (7 rec.), 10/12/03
Putting the Special in Special Teams
Redshirt freshman Rudy Burgess has already made his presence known in ASU's return game in the first two contests of the 2004 season. He is leading the Pac-10 and ranked 13th in the nation in kickoff returns at 29.2 yards per return, while he is second in the league and 17th in the country with 12.5 yards per punt return. Against Northwestern last week, he turned 127 return yards (67 punt and 60 kickoff), including career longs with a 42-yard kickoff return and a 34-yard punt return.
ASU's kickers, Jesse Ainsworth and Chris MacDonald, have also had a great deal of success so far in 2004. Ainsworth, a sophomore in his second year as ASU's placekicker, leads the league in field goals (2.5), kick scoring (11.5 points per game) and field goal percentage (5-6, .833). He ranks second in the country with his 2.5 field goals per game. On 15 kickoffs, Ainsworth has booted six touchbacks and sailed another seven inside the 10-yard line. MacDonald, a redshirt freshman punter who was awarded a scholarship during preseason camp, has averaged 40.8 yards per punt (fifth in the Pac-10) and had five of his 12 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
A 2003 second-team All-Pac-10 honoree, senior safety Riccardo Stewart made his return to the field last week at Northwestern a memorable one. He was third on the team in tackles with seven stops (all solo) and caused the game-clinching turnover in the fourth quarter against the Wildcats. Stewart stopped NU's potential go-ahead drive with a bone-jarring hit on the Wildcat tailback Terrell Jordan at the ASU 20, forcing a fumble, which was recovered by senior Ishmael Thrower.
Stewart was a team co-captain last year and has won the Sun Devil Valor Award in each of the last two seasons, an honor given to a great team player who consistently displays courage on and off the field.
Stewart has been named a preseason honorable-mention All-American by Street & Smith's and is listed as the 20th-best safety in the country in the preseason by Lindy's. A four-year starter, Stewart is one of the most experienced Sun Devils with 33 career games and 23 starts to his credit. Last year, he ranked second on the team and seventh in the Pac-10 with 7.6 tackles per game (84 stops) and paced the Sun Devils with three interceptions.
A total of 26 players saw the first action of their Sun Devil careers in the Sept. 2 season opener against UTEP, including five true freshmen, 16 redshirt freshmen, four juniors and one senior. Four of those players made starts in their ASU debuts, including redshirt freshmen offensive linemen Mike Pollak and Brandon Rodd, true freshman h-back Zach Miller and junior linebacker Dale Robinson. In comparison, 20 Sun Devils saw the first action of their careers in the Sun Devils' first two games last season.
The five true freshmen to see action against UTEP included Miller, walk-on cornerback Rodney Cox, wide receiver/cornerback Jeremy Payton, tight end Andrew Pettes and linebacker Antone Saulsberry. Payton saw action both on offense and defense against the Miners. Last year, seven true freshmen played for the Sun Devils. ASU's current roster features a total of 19 Sun Devils who saw action during their true freshman campaigns, including Jesse Ainsworth, Josh Barrett, Kyle Caldwell, Sam Keller, DeAndre Johnson, Daniel Varvel and Mark Washington in 2003; Mike Davis Jr., Matt Fawley, Derek Hagan, Mike Talbot, Chaz White and Jamar Williams in 2002; and Lamar Baker in 2001.
Spreading the Wealth
Eleven different receivers have caught passes this year, including freshman h-back Zach Miller who had the first catch of his career last week at Northwestern. Miller snagged an 11-yard pass from Andrew Walter in the fourth quarter against the Wildcats.
Ten different receivers caught passes in ASU's season opener vs. UTEP with four different players catching touchdown passes (junior Derek Hagan, sophomore Terry Richardson and redshirt freshmen Rudy Burgess and Brent Miller). Senior Andrew Walter connected with six different players, including TD passes to Hagan, Richardson and Miller, while sophomore Sam Keller completed tosses to five Sun Devils, including a career-long 68-yard TD pass to Burgess, against the Miners.
Spreading the wealth is nothing new to the Sun Devils who completed passes to 13 different receivers last year and 14 during the 2002 Holiday Bowl campaign. Last season, ASU had a different player lead the team in receiving yards in each of the team's first five games.
Senior safety Emmanuel Franklin turned in two of Arizona State's four interceptions in ASU's Sept. 2 victory over UTEP. With the two picks, the second and third of his career, Franklin became the first Sun Devil to turn in a pair of interceptions in the game since current St. Louis Ram Jason Shivers had two on Oct. 11, 2003 against Oregon. Franklin returned his second interception against the Miners 48 yards for touchdown, marking the second time that the fifth-year senior, who missed the 2002 season after having brain surgery, has accomplished the feat. In 2001, his redshirt freshman season, Franklin set the school record and tied the Pac-10 mark for the longest interception return with a 100-yarder in that year's season opener again San Diego State. Franklin is tied for first in the Pac-10 and for seventh in the country in interceptions through two games this season.
The four interceptions by the Sun Devils vs. UTEP marked the first time that the team had picked off four passes in a single game since a 65-24 win over Stanford on Sept. 28, 2002 at Sun Devil Stadium.
With the 41-9 win over UTEP on Sept. 2, Arizona State improved to 63-27-2 all time (.696) in season openers and 43-15-1 (.737) when opening the season at home. The Sun Devils have now won five of their last six season openers and 16 of their last 19, including a 34-14 victory over Northern Arizona on Sept. 6 of last year. With the victory over the Miners, ASU has also won its last four and eight of its last nine games when opening the season at home.
The Sun Devils return 47 letterwinners this season, including 14 starters and two specialists. The seven offensive starters slated to return are QB Andrew Walter, WR Derek Hagan, OL Andrew Carnahan, OL Drew Hodgdon, OL Grayling Love, TE Lee Burghgraef and TB Loren Wade. On defense, the seven returning starters include DE Jimmy Verdon, DE Ishmael Thrower, LB Jamar Williams, LB Justin Burks, CB R.J. Oliver, S Riccardo Stewart and CB Chris McKenzie. Placekicker Jesse Ainsworth and snapper Jason Burke also return for the Sun Devils this season.
Walter on Three Preseason Watch Lists
Senior quarterback Andrew Walter has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. The watch list is comprised of 42 Division-I quarterbacks and will be narrowed down to the semifinalists in early November. Three finalists will be chosen later in November, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando. The winner will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2005, at the Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Walter is one of 40 'players to watch' for the Walter Camp Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. That watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November. The 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Feb. 13, 2005 in New Haven, Conn.
Walter is also one of the 22 senior quarterbacks who have been selected as candidates for the the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. A committee of football experts from across the country will choose five finalists plus any ties and announce the list on Oct. 20. The 2004 recipient will be announced Dec. 1, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on Dec. 10 at the Clarion Conference Center.
On the verge of breaking just about every ASU career passing record, Walter has been named a preseason third-team All-Pac-10 selection by Athlon Sports and is listed as the eighth- and ninth-best quarterback in the nation by Athlon and the Sporting News, respectively. Here is a look at Walter's career statistics and game-by-game breakdown:
PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic2001................ 11 86- 38- 2 546 3 53 44.2 6.3 49.6 104.42002................ 14 483- 274- 15 3877 28 85 56.7 8.0 276.9 137.12003................ 12 421- 221- 10 3044 24 80 52.5 7.2 253.7 127.32004................ 2 73- 37- 0 533 6 47 50.7 7.3 266.5 139.1TOTAL............... 39 1063- 570- 27 8000 61 85 53.6 7.5 205.1 130.7
#16 Walter, Andrew Att Comp Int Pct Yards TD Long Sack-Yds Effic------------------------------------------------------------------------------UTEP.................. 37 18 0 48.6 241 3 34 3-22 130.12Northwestern.......... 36 19 0 52.8 292 3 47 2-15 148.41TOTALS................ 73 37 0 50.7 533 6 47 5-37 139.14
#16 Walter, Andrew Att Comp Int Pct Yards TD Long Sack-Yds Effic------------------------------------------------------------------------------Northern Arizona...... 24 15 0 62.5 224 4 40 1-11 195.90Utah State............ 37 20 1 54.1 277 2 44 0-0 129.37Iowa.................. 44 25 1 56.8 160 0 16 2-19 82.82Oregon State.......... 42 17 3 40.5 231 2 34 1-6 88.10USC................... 38 19 1 50.0 305 1 35 5-43 120.84Oregon................ 28 18 0 64.3 316 3 49 0-0 194.44North Carolina........ 58 34 0 58.6 408 3 49 1-6 134.78UCLA.................. 10 4 0 40.0 53 0 22 1-8 84.52California............ 26 11 2 42.3 170 1 32 2-12 94.54Stanford.............. 53 23 1 43.4 357 4 67 1-7 121.11Washington State...... 35 19 1 54.3 262 1 32 3-20 120.88Arizona............... 26 16 0 61.5 281 3 80 1-8 190.40TOTALS................ 421 221 10 52.5 3044 24 80 18-140 127.29
#16 Walter, Andrew Att Comp Int Pct Yards TD Long Sack-Yds Effic------------------------------------------------------------------------------Nebraska.............. 16 7 0 43.8 46 0 13 1-17 67.90Eastern Washington.... 4 3 0 75.0 52 1 24 0-0 266.70UCF................... 5 4 0 80.0 54 2 26 0-0 302.72San Diego State....... 20 11 0 55.0 241 4 72 0-0 222.22Stanford.............. 37 22 1 59.5 414 5 67 1-6 192.64North Carolina........ 45 27 2 60.0 474 0 41 2-12 139.59Oregon State.......... 34 14 2 41.2 186 1 46 2-13 85.07Oregon................ 53 31 2 58.5 536 4 67 3-28 160.80Washington............ 27 18 0 66.7 184 2 25 3-29 148.36Washington State...... 51 31 2 60.8 328 2 35 6-42 119.91California............ 50 29 1 58.0 477 4 85 6-46 160.54USC Trojans........... 49 24 2 49.0 297 1 27 4-31 98.47Arizona Wildcats...... 35 25 2 71.4 295 0 28 3-23 130.80Kansas State.......... 57 28 1 49.1 293 2 33 4-29 100.37TOTALS................ 483 274 15 56.7 3877 28 85 35-276 137.07
#16 Walter, Andrew Att Comp Int Pct Yards TD Long Sack-Yds Effic------------------------------------------------------------------------------San Diego State....... 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0-0 0.00Stanford.............. 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0-0 0.00USC................... 4 3 0 75.0 30 0 17 1-5 138.00OREGON................ 25 8 1 32.0 105 0 31 3-21 59.28Washington State...... 4 1 0 25.0 53 0 53 0-0 136.30Arizona............... 22 10 0 45.5 132 1 38 4-21 110.85UCLA.................. 29 16 1 55.2 226 2 45 6-41 136.50TOTALS................ 86 38 2 44.2 546 3 53 15-96 104.38
ASU Picked Sixth in Preseason Pac-10 Poll
Arizona State has been picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 in the league's preseason poll of West Coast media members. Defending league and Associated Press national champion USC was picked to finish first, garnering all 24 first-place votes.
ASU proved to be something of a challenge for the media members. The Sun Devils were sixth but were just seven points out of fourth place, while media members picked the team anywhere from third to ninth.
Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll (1st place votes)1. USC (24) 2402. California 2103. Oregon 1924. Oregon State 1385. Washington State 1336. Arizona State 1317. Washington 1008. UCLA 989. Stanford 4010. Arizona 38
Nine Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors last season, including second-teamers Regis Crawford, Grayling Love, Riccardo Stewart and Jason Shivers. Five Sun Devils earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors, including Skyler Fulton who was named to the all-academic first team. Fulton was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team, while Grayling Love earned second-team all-district honors.
All-Pac-10 Second Team: OL Regis Crawford, OL Grayling Love, S Riccardo Stewart, specialist Jason ShiversAll-Pac-10 Honorable Mention: WR Skyler Fulton, WR Derek Hagan, FB Mike Karney, P Tim Parker, QB Andrew WalterPac-10 All-Academic First Team: WR Skyler FultonPac-10 All-Academic Second Team: QB Chad Christensen, SN Jason BurkePac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention: OT Andrew Carnahan, OT Grayling Love
Osborne Receives Special Teams Honor
ASU assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Tom Osborne was honored as the 2003 American Football Monthly Magazine's Division I-A Special Teams Coordinator of the Year. AFM, the magazine published for professional and collegiate football coaches, measured several aspects of the game to arrive at the honor. While statistics were a main element to the award, there were also many other factors involved in the selection of Osborne such as player/coach relationship and improvement from the previous year.
Under Osborne, ASU has had a punter earn All-Pac-10 honors in each of the last three seasons. In 2002, punter Tim Parker led the league, while he ranked in the nation top 20 in each of the last two years. He has also had a placekicker ranked in the nation's top 10 during his tenure. ASU ranked third in the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage in 2002 and 2003.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Arizona State has averaged 30.9 points per game in Dirk Koetter's three-plus years at the helm, including 24.5 points per game last year, 32.3 ppg in 2002 and 34.0 ppg in 2001. Last season, the Sun Devils scored a season-high 59 points in a 59-14 win over Oregon on Oct. 11. That effort marked the most points for the team since ASU set its school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game with its 65-24 win over Stanford on Sept. 28, 2002. Since coming to ASU, a Koetter-led team has put 50 or more points on the scoreboard four times (10 times in his career).
The Sun Devils have also set the school record for consecutive games without being shut out. ASU has now scored in 104 straight games dating back to the last six games of 1995.
Protecting the Quarterback
Arizona State's offensive line finished third in the Pac-10 in sacks allowed in 2003, giving up just 25 sacks on the year. The Sun Devils led the league after allowing only five sacks in the first four games of the season. ASU did not allow a sack in ASU's 59-14 victory over Oregon on Oct. 11 and allowed just one Oct. 18 at North Carolina.
The Sun Devils return three starters along the offensive line in 2004 in senior center Drew Hodgdon (26 career starts), junior guard Grayling Love (14) and sophomore tackle Andrew Carnahan (14). In addition, junior tackle Chaz White has now started 12 games in his career. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection by all three preseason publications, Love has been named a preseason honorable-mention All-American by Street & Smith's and is listed as the best run blocker in the Pac-10 by Lindy's.
ASU's roster features two student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees in quarterback Andrew Walter (communication) and center Drew Hodgdon (interdisciplinary studies-justice studies and sociology).
A total of 28 football student-athletes are currently wearing 'Scholar Baller' patches on the fronts of their jerseys this year for turning in GPA's of 3.0 or higher. This season, Arizona State has become the first Division I school in the country to honor its student-athletes' academic success on their jerseys. This spring, the Sun Devils achieved an all-time best 2.58 semester GPA (for scholarship student-athletes on the team).
Arizona State has been picked to finish from fourth to seventh in the Pac-10 Conference standings in the preseason college football annuals. Street and Smith's has the Sun Devils fourth in the Pac-10 (behind Oregon and ahead of Oregon State), while Lindy's and the Sporting News rank the team sixth (Lindy's behind Washington State and ahead of Washington, Sporting News behind OSU and ahead of UW). Athlon Sports has the team seventh in the Pac-10 (behind UW and ahead of WSU). The Sporting News also lists ASU's strength of schedule No. 11 in the country.
A number of Sun Devils have also been recognized in the preseason annuals. Here is a complete list of those honors:
... Athlon lists Derek Hagan as a third-team All-American at wide receiver.... Athlon lists Derek Hagan as first-team All-Pac-10 at wide receiver.... Athlon lists Grayling Love as first-team All-Pac-10 offensive line.... Athlon lists Riccardo Stewart as second-team All-Pac-10 defensive back.... Athlon lists Josh Golden as second-team All-Pac-10 punt returner.... Athlon lists Andrew Walter as third-team All-Pac-10 quarterback.... Athlon lists Jimmy Verdon as third-team All-Pac-10 defensive line.... Athlon lists Zach Miller as a 'Rising Star'.... Athlon lists Zach Miller as a Pac-10 'Future Star'.... Lindy's lists Andrew Walter as the eighth-best QB in the country.... Lindy's lists Derek Hagan as the 15th-best wide receiver in the nation.... Lindy's lists Riccardo Stewart as the 20th-best safety in the country.... Lindy's lists Zach Miller as the nation's top tight end and 33rd overall player in the country.... Lindy's lists Grayling Love as the Pac-10's best run blocker.... Lindy's lists Grayling Love as first-team All-Pac-10 offensive line.... Lindy's lists Loren Wade as second-team All-Pac-10 running back.... Lindy's lists Derek Hagan as second-team All-Pac-10 wide receiver.... Lindy's lists Riccardo Stewart as second-team All-Pac-10 defensive back.... The Sporting News lists Andrew Walter as the ninth-best quarterback in the nation.... The Sporting News lists Derek Hagan as the 20th-best wide receiver in the nation.... The Sporting News lists Grayling Love as first-team All-Pac-10 offensive line.... The Sporting News lists Derek Hagan as second-team All-Pac-10 wide receiver.... The Sporting News lists Dale Robinson as the Pac-10's defensive newcomer of the year.... Street & Smith's lists Grayling Love as honorable mention All-American offensive line.... Street & Smith's lists Riccardo Stewart as honorable mention All-American defensive back.... Street & Smith's lists Grayling Love as first-team All-Pac-10 offensive line.