ASU Meets Rutgers in 17th Insight Bowl

Dec. 8, 2005


Devil Data -- Release Highlights
• ASU is third in the nation in passing offense (364.9) and fourth in total offense (504.5).
• Keegan Herrings' 791 yards rushing this season is a freshman school record.
• Jesse Ainsworth has connected on a school-record 93 PATs in a row.
• Dale Robinson leads the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 71.
• Robinson also is second in the league in total tackles with 10.2 per game, trailing only Trent Bray of Oregon State (10.5). He is just behind Bray in tackles, 116-112.
• ASU ranks fifth in the nation in kickoff returns at 25.81 yards per return.
• ASU's tight ends have accounted for 11 of the team's 34 receiving TDs.
• Derek Hagan leads the team with 8 TDs.
• The Sun Devils have rushed for 16 TDs after having only six last season.
TEMPE, Ariz. - For the second year in a row and the 22nd time in program history, the Arizona State University Sun Devils will close out their season with a bowl appearance, this time meeting the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in the 17th Insight Bowl to be played at 6:30 p.m. December 27 down the road at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. ESPN will broadcast the game to a national audience with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Jack Arute (sideline) calling the action from the home of Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. Playing in the final Insight Bowl to be contested in Phoenix before its move to Sun Devil Stadium next year, ASU will look to improve its bowl record of 11-9-1 with several of its athletes closing in on career and season records. Derek Hagan needs 83 yards to move into second on the Pac-10 all-time receiving yards list while Zach Miller needs just 15 yards to become only the fourth Sun Devil tight end to secure 1,000 yards in a career.

Bowl History: Arizona State will be making its 22nd bowl appearance, its second in as many years, and holds an 11-9-1 record all-time following its thrilling 27-23 come-from-behind victory over Purdue in the Vitalis Sun Bowl one year ago that snapped a three-game slide in bowl games. Although the Sun Devils have never appeared in the Insight Bowl, they have competed in six bowl games played in the Valley of the Sun, posting a 5-1 record in the Fiesta Bowl. After playing 21 different opponents in its 21 appearances, the Sun Devils will meet a former bowl foe this year as ASU and Rutgers meet in a rematch of the 1978 Garden State Bowl (Dec. 16) that the Sun Devils won, 34-18, at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

All-Americans: Two Sun Devils were selected as All-Americans by SI.com. Terry Richardson, one of the top return men in the nation this season, earned a place on the second team while Derek Hagan, the all-time receptions leader in the Pac-10 Conference, was selected as an honorable mention team member.

Two in a Row: The last time the Sun Devils defeated Arizona in the final regular season game of the year and then defeated its opponent in a bowl game was during the 1978 season. That year, the Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats, 18-17, in Tucson before traveling to the Meadowlands and defeating Rutgers in the Garden State Bowl, 34-18. ASU was victorious over UA this season, 23-20, and now faces Rutgers in the Insight Bowl.

Rutgers Series: Arizona State holds a 1-0 lead in the series with the Scarlet Knights after winning the only meeting in the series, 34-18, in the inaugural Garden State Bowl, played Dec. 16, 1978, at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Rutgers took an early 10-0 lead late into the second quarter before quarterback Mark Malone led the offense on a 28-point scoring run to take command of the game. Malone finished the game 13-of-31 passing for 268 yards and assisted on all five touchdowns, throwing for three and rushing for two. John Mistler caught seven of Malone's passes for 148 yards to earn game MVP honors.

Radio: The Sun Devil Sports Network carried all 11 of ASU's football games on its 12-station radio network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix this season and will be back in the booth for the Insight Bowl. Tim Healey (play-by-play), former Sun Devil quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Mark Lewis (pregame) and Vince Marotta (halftime and postgame) bring the action to Sun Devil fans. Amy Bender provides sideline reports during home games. ASU games can also be heard live on the Sun Devils' web site at www.TheSunDevils.com or www.sundevilsportsnetwork.com.

Dominant Dale: Senior Dale Robinson has turned in impressive numbers all season as he accumulated 112 total tackles with a conference-high 71 solo stops and 41 assisted tackles. His tackle total and average of 10.2 stops per game rank as the second-most in the Pac-10 this season and led to his being named the Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year, sharing the award with Haloti Ngata of Oregon. Robinson, who also recorded 4.0 sacks and a league-best 15.0 TFLs, was recently invited to compete in the 2005 East-West Shrine Bowl. In 23 career games in the Maroon and Gold, Robinson has recorded 205 total tackles (121 solo) and 28.0 TFLs. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 for the second time in his career as he recorded 15 tackles (11 solo), one sack, 2.5 TFL and forced one fumble against LSU.

Defensive Force: When Dale Robinson was named a co-winner of the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year honor this season, he became the fourth Sun Devil to earn the award since 1997, joining such defensive standouts as Terrell Suggs (2002), Adam Archuleta (2000) and the awards namesake since 2004, Pat Tillman (1997). In that same time span, USC and UCLA have had two athletes earn the honor while California and Oregon also have earned one.

Conference Honors: The Pacific-10 Conference announced its all-conference selections with the Sun Devils landing three athletes on the first team, one on the second team and another seven on the honorable mention list. Derek Hagan (WR) was selected to the first team offense while Dale Robinson (LB) was a first team defense honoree. Terry Richardson was selected to the first team Specialists as the kick off returner. Grayling Love (OL) was selected to the offensive second team while honorable mention honors went to Rudy Burgess (TB), Andrew Carnahan (OT), Zach Catanese (S), Jordan Hill (DT), Zach Miller (TE), Brandon Rodd (OT) and Jamar Williams (LB).

Academically, 10 student-athletes earned places among the Academic All-Pac-10 teams, including four first team selections, three second team selections and three honorable mention selections. Moey Mutz (WR), Jason Burke (OL), Love (OL) and Jesse Ainsworth (PK) each were selected to the first team with Chad Christensen (QB), Z. Miller (TE) and Carnahan (OL) making the second team. Lee Burghgraef (HB), Rodd (OT) and Chris McDonald (P) were honorable mention selections.

Loves Honors: Not only was Grayling Love selected First Team Academic All-Pac-10 and Second Team All-Pac-10, he also has been named a finalist for several national awards this season. Recently, Love was named as one of eight finalists for the 2005 ARA Sportsmanship Award after also being selected a finalist for the Draddy Trophy (known as the Academic Heisman) and the Wuerffel Trophy. In October, he was selected as a National Scholar Athlete Award winner, earning $18,000 toward post-graduate studies.

Just for Kicks: In his three years of place kicking for the Sun Devils, Jesse Ainsworth has made it a habit of being nearly perfect on PAT attempts, missing just times in 119 tries. Dating back to the final game of the 2003 season when he connected on 4-of-4 PATs to start his current streak of 93 in a row, a school record. Ainsworth, who is a perfect 49-of-49 this season after going 40-of-40 last year, moved past former program record holder Luis Zendejas, who netted 75 from 1981-83. Ainsworth tied Zendejas' mark when he connected on a try following ASU's first touchdown against Oregon, a 20-yard strike to Derek Hagan from Sam Keller in the first quarter. In the third stanza, Keller hit Zach Miller for a 1-yard before Ainsworth hit home the record-breaking 76th PAT in a row. For the season, his 49 made PATs is tied with Mike Barth (2002) for the fifth-most and is one shy of fourth place held by Danny Kush (1973).

Record Watch: Two Sun Devils are nearing the top of several season and career records at ASU, including Rudy Carpenter and Derek Hagan. Carpenter's 0.010 interception percentage is currently the lowest for season, better than Ryan Kealy (1997) at 0.0235 while his 1,806 yards passing are second-most for a freshman behind Kealy's 2,137 in 1997. Carpenter's passing efficiency of 167.67 is currently the best in a season by nearly 14 points and he needs one more 300+ yard passing performance to tie Andrew Walter's mark of five 300+ yard games in a season, set last year. Hagan, the Pac-10's all-time leading receiver and a recent addition to the College Football Hall of Fame Watch List, carries a career 5.16 receptions per game average which is currently better than the mark of 4.5 by Calvin Demery (1969-71). Also, Hagan's 78.4 receiving yards per game average is currently higher than record-holder Shaun McDonald's 77.5 (2000-02).

Among the Top: Jesse Ainsworth and Terry Richardson also are nearing higher positions in the Top 5 of ASU's record books with their peformances. Ainsworth's 36 field goals are tied for the fifth-most in a career (Kent Bostrom) and needs three more to move into a tie for third. He also is just the sixth kicker in school annals to score 200 or more points as his 222 points are one behind Danny Kush (1973-76) for fifth on the list.

Richardson's returns have placed him among several of the elite returners in school history and, with another strong performance in the Insight Bowl, could set the season return record. Currently, his 319 return yards on punts places him sixth all-time in a season and just 121 yards behind Lenny Randle's 440 in 1968. Richardson's 591 kick off return yards is the second-most in a season behind the 713 accumulated by Chris Hopkins in 1995 while his kickoff return average of 28.1 is currently third behind Tom Pace's 31.6 (2001) and Terry Battle's 29.1 (1996).

Chasing History: With one game remaining on the schedule, the 2005 Arizona State offense has a chance to adds it name to the top of several season team records. The Sun Devils' 4,014 yards passing is the second-most in a single season, just 240 behind the 4,254 yards the 2002 team accumulated. ASU's 34 touchdowns scored also is one shy of the top mark of 35 recorded one year ago while its 364.9 passing yards per game average currently ranks No. 1 on the lists with the current benchmark set at 317.3 yards per game set last year. Overall, the Sun Devils have tallied 5,550 yards of total offense (4,014 passing/1,536 rushing) for the sixth-highest total and, if the team hits its average against Rutgers, would move into third all-time. The 504.5 yards of total offense averaged per game by ASU also ranks fourth all-time.

Leader of the Pac(-10): With his seven receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown at UCLA (Nov. 12), senior All-American Derek Hagan became the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leading receiver with 249 career catches. His total is one more than the previous mark set be Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99) and is six better than Washington's Reggie Williams (243). For the season, Hagan has recorded 1,113 yards on 72 catches and has scored eight touchdowns, moving him up to a tie for sixth on the conference's all-time receiving touchdown list with 27. ASU's career receiving record holder for receptions (253), yards (3,842) and touchdowns (27), Hagan has caught at least one pass in each of his last 40 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, and has made one grab in 47 of 49 career games. He needs 82 yards against Rutgers in the Insight Bowl to tie Oregon State's Mike Hass for second on the all-time yardage list and 205 yards to tie Walters for the most in conference history.

Captains: Five Sun Devils have been elected team captains by their teammates: seniors Lee Burghgraef, Derek Hagan and Grayling Love and juniors Jordan Hill and Sam Keller. Four of those five captains will represent the Sun Devils at the coin toss against Rutgers.

The Whole 1,000 Yards: The 1,000 yard marker for all-purpose yards has been reached by five Sun Devils so far this season, including both starting quarterbacks. Current stater Rudy Carpenter has tallied 1,766 all-purpose yards with 1,806 yards through the air and a loss of 40 yards on the ground while Sam Keller, who started eight games for ASU until sustaining a season-ending injury, accounted for 2,071 yards with 2,165 in the air and a loss of 94 yards on the ground. Derek Hagan has hauled in 1,113 yards this year, marking the third season in a row that he has tallied 1,000 or more yards.

The final two players on the list have amassed their yards in a true all-purpose fashion. Rudy Burgess has accounted for 1,242 yards of total offense with 542 rushing yards, 587 receiving yards and 113 yards of kick returns. Terry Richardson, one of the top kick returners in the nation, has recorded 1,415 total yards with 591 yards on kickoff returns, 319 on punt returns, 449 yards receiving and 56 yards rushing. Freshman tailback Keegan Herring is nearing the 1,000 yard mark as well as he has tallied 795 all-purpose yards.

Carpenter Constructs Solid Starts: Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter, who was recently selected to the Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention Freshman All-America, connected on 27-of-34 passing for 401 yards and three throwing touchdowns, as well as one on the ground, to lead ASU to a 44-20 victory over Washington in his first collegiate start on Oct. 29 and then bounced back with a 28-of-43, 381-yard outing at Washington State one week later. He added 334 yards and three touchdowns in a shoot-out at UCLA last time out, connecting on 27-of-37 passing attempts. Carpenter hooked-up with eight receivers against UW, including Matt Miller on five occasions (139 yards and three touchdowns) and Derek Hagan for nine receptions (115 yards). Overall, his 401 yards through the air is the second most in school history by a freshman (Jeff Krohn vs. Oregon, 2000, 432 yards) and his .794 completion percentage is a school record for the 31-40 attempt range, bettering the .771 mark (27-for-35) set by Krohn in 2001 against San Diego State.

In his first four games as the starter, Carpenter has accumulated 1,362 yards on 100-of-151 passing (.662) with eight touchdowns and one interception. Overall in 2005, Carpenter has appeared in eight games and has amassed 1,806 yards on 68.9 percent passing (133-for-193) with 13 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passing efficiency rating of 167.67.

Running Rookie: Freshman Keegan Herring has done well for the Sun Devils in his first season of collegiate play as he has totaled 791 yards on 139 attempts with six touchdowns in 2005 and has recorded three, 100-yard games. His yardage ranks as the ninth-most by a true freshman in the nation this season while his six rushing touchdowns ranks him tied for 20th in Division I-A football. Against Arizona, he carried seven times for 20 yards to break the school freshman rushing record of 773 to keep himself ranked ninth overall among Pac-10 runners this season. Earlier this year, Herring, who rushed for 134 yards in his collegiate debut, collected 197 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns against Northwestern to mark the fifth-highest single-game rushing performance in the nation by a true freshman this season. The performance against the Wildcats was the 22nd best in ASU single-game history and the most by a Sun Devil since Delvon Flowers rushed for 226 yards against Oregon State in 2001. Herring's 67-yard run in the first quarter is ASU's longest this season and the longest by a Sun Devil since a 74-yard rush by Flowers vs. Stanford in 2001. He was recently selected to the Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention Freshman All-America. ASU is 243-46-5 (.838) in 294 career games when having a player gain at least 100 yards on the ground (12-8 under Dirk Koetter).

T-Rich Leads Special Teams: Junior wide receiver Terry Richardson, who earned Second Team All-America honors from SI.com, was named the US Bank Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week (10/2) and is ranked as one of the top returners in the nation this season. His 84-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter against USC (10/1) marked the first by a Sun Devil since current St. Louis Ram Shaun McDonald had a 78-yarder against USC on Nov. 4, 2000. It was the 10th-longest punt return in school history (9th-longest for a TD) and the longest by a Sun Devil since Eric Guliford had an 89-yarder against California in 1992. He followed that with a momentum-turning return of 71 yards against Arizona for a touchdown that tied the game in the fourth quarter, making him the sixth Sun Devil overall and first since Ron Washington (1977) to return a pair of kicks for touchdowns in a season. Richardson ranks first in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation averaging 28.1 yards per kickoff return while also sitting second in the Pac-10 and seventh in the NCAA averaging 15.95 yards on punt returns. On offense, Richardson is third on the team with 35 catches for 449 yards (12.8 avg.). For his career, Richardson has caught 96 passes for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns.

What Time Is It?: Arizona never changes its clocks, remaining on Mountain Standard Time. From April to the end of October, Arizona is on Pacific Daylight Time, while when the rest of the country changed its clocks on October 31, Arizona remained the same, matching up again with MST.

In the Rankings: Following the 31-17 loss to No. 25 Oregon, the Sun Devils dropped out of both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time this season. The Devils had been ranked in the previous 19 polls, marking the ASU's longest such streak since the mid-1980's, nearly 20 years. The 19 straight weeks among the nation's Top 25 helps illustrate the consistency that fifth-year head coach Dirk Koetter has built in the Sun Devil program since taking over in 2001. The No. 14 ranking (AP) earlier in the season marks the highest national ranking for the Sun Devils since also being 14th in each of the final polls in 1997.

Tight End U: ASU is quickly becoming one of the marquee schools in producing tight ends. Sophomore TE/HB Zach Miller was a candidate for the Mackey Award and is coming off a Freshman All-America campaign in which he caught 56 passes for 552 yards and six touchdowns. Battling through a shoulder and ankle injury this season, Miller busted out at Washington State with 10 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Over the last six games, Miller has recorded 29 receptions for 384 yards. For the season, Miller is fourth on the team with 34 catches for 433 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Jamaal Lewis is also having a solid season with 21 catches for 384 yards and five TDs. Sophomore Brent Miller (2 TDs) and senior Lee Burghgraef (1 TD) have also hauled in a TD pass this year. The tight end corps has combined for 11 of ASU's 34 receiving TDs (33%) and 65 of 289 (22%) catches. ASU also produced two-time Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap of the Baltimore Ravens.

Attendance Marks: After seven home games, ASU ranks fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 61,157 fans per game. A total of 428,096 fans passed through the turnstiles at Sun Devil Stadium this season, including a sellout against USC (71,706) and over 60,000 fans against LSU (63,210) and Oregon (62,789). USC leads the conference averaging 90,812 fans at the Coliseum in six games.

All-Around Rudy: Sophomore Rudy Burgess has proven to be an all-around player and is averaging 112.9 all purpose yards per game. An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection this year, he has rushed for 542 yards (128 carries), caught 55 passes (587 yards) and is second on the team with seven touchdowns (4 receiving, 3 rushing), and then tossed a touchdown at Washington State. Over his last four games, Burgess has caught 38 passes for 367 yards and one TD and rushed 74 times for 323 yards and two TDs. In 23 career games, Burgess has combined for 2,421 all purpose yards, averaging 105.3 yards per game with 11 TDs.

Getting Six Three Ways: This season, Rudy Burgess has accounted for eight touchdowns. He has rushed three into the end zone, caught four more and, during the Washington State game, threw for one score. Not since the 1996 season has a Sun Devil player done all three. The last time it happened was Oct. 12, 1996, when Jake Plummer accomplished all three ways of scoring in a 42-34 victory on the road at UCLA.

Homecoming Hauls: Senior Matt Miller has made it a habit of performing well in ASU's Homecoming game. After catching a pair of touchdowns in 2004 against Stanford, including the game-winning score, Miller hauled in three TDs from Rudy Carpenter against Washington. He also recorded a career-high 139 yards and became the first Sun Devil since Derek Hagan (2004) against UCLA to catch three TD passes in a game.

Entering the game, Miller had snared 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His performance against the Huskies brought his season totals to 17 catches for 392 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks seventh on the team in receptions (17) and is tied for second with five touchdowns through the air.

Tough Schedule: Four of ASU's five losses this season have come against ranked opponents. The Sun Devils fell to then No. 5/5 LSU, No. 1/1 USC, No. 25 Oregon and No. 14/14 UCLA.

W Column: Dating to the end of the 2003, ASU has won 16 of its last 27 games and 11 of the last 14 home games. In 94 seasons of Sun Devil football, ASU is 522-319-24 (.617).

Taking Off Under Koetter: It's no secret that Dirk Koetter-led teams have the propensity for a strong vertical passing attack. That was apparent against Washington as Rudy Carpenter stepped into the starting line up and recorded 401 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-34 passing in his first collegiate start. Koetter has guided several impressive debuts of Sun Devil quarterbacks, including Sam Keller, Andrew Walter and Jeff Krohn. In his first start, Keller earned Sun Bowl MVP honors by throwing for 370 yards on 25-of-45 passing with three touchdowns. Walter become one of the highest ranking quarterbacks in both school and conference history under Koetter as he established program records for yards (10,617) and touchdowns (85), which also ranked fifth and first in the Pac-10, respectively. Krohn, who played his junior season during Koetter's first year at the helm, led the Sun Devils to a 38-7 defeat of San Diego State to open the 2001 season while throwing for 271 yards on 27-of-35 passing and four touchdowns.

Overall, Koetter has coached seven quarterbacks that have gone on to play in the professional ranks, including ASU's Walter (Oakland, 3rd round), Oregon's Joey Harrington (Detroit, 1st), Akili Smith (Cincinnati, 1st) and A.J. Feeley (Philadelphia, 5th), Boston College's Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle, 6th) and Boise State's Bart Hendricks (CFL Edmonton, FA) and Ryan Dinwiddie (Chicago, FA).

Sam I Am: Junior Sam Keller, who recorded 2,165 passing yards (155-264) and threw for 20 touchdowns in the first seven games, will miss the remainder of 2005 following surgery to repair damage to the thumb on his right (throwing) hand. Keller joined an elite list, becoming only the sixth quarterback in ASU history to throw 20 touchdowns in a season and is already tied for eighth in ASU single-season record book with John Torok (1964). Keller's 669 yards in the first two games set the school record (for first two games of a season), previously held by Jeff Krohn who had 637 combined yards in the first two games of 2001 (San Diego State and Stanford). With 56 attempts and no interceptions vs. fifth-ranked LSU (9/10/05), he also broke Paul Justin's record for consecutive attempts without an interception in a single game (51 vs. Houston, 1990). Keller had a string of 131 consecutive pass attempts without an INT snapped against top-ranked USC on Oct. 1, falling just six short of breaking the school record set by Mike Pagel in 1980.

Keller has thrown two or more TDs in seven of his eight career starts and has thrown four or more TDs six times this season. He set career marks with 35 completions, 56 attempts and 461 yards against No. 5 LSU (9/10). His 461 yards were the ninth-best single-game performance in school history, while he has also tied for 8th on the ASU single-game chart with four TDs four times this season.

Hagan's Highlights: Senior All-American Derek Hagan, who was recently named honorable mention All-American by SI.com and was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, has lived up to his billing as one of the top receivers in the country. Against UCLA (11/12), Hagan pulled down seven passes to move past Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99) as the Pac-10's career leader with 249 receptions (now at 253). With 72 catches for 1,113 yards and eight touchdowns this year, Hagan ranks among the Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in several receiving categories. Over the last eight games, Hagan has caught 57 passes for 875 yards and five touchdowns. Hagan owns ASU career receiving records for catches (253), yards (3,842) and touchdowns (27). He is also climbing the Pac-10 career record charts in yards (3,842/third) and is tied for seventh in touchdowns (27). Hagan leads the team with 72 catches for 1,113 yards and is eighth in the nation averaging 101.2 yards per game. His 72 grabs also is the third-most in a single-season at ASU, giving him three of the Top 4 performances. Additionally, Hagan became just the 10th player in Pac-10 history to record 3,000 or more yards and 200 or more catches in a career and is currently first in receptions (253) and third with 3,842 yards. Hagan has 18 career 100-yard games, which is already five more than any other Sun Devil and his 193 yards against Oregon State are the 10th-most in ASU single-game history. He has caught a pass in 40 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in the nation, and has at least one catch in 47 of 49 career games (three career games with 10 or more catches).

Hagan was a preseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Lindy's and Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, while Lindy's ranked him the second-best receiver in the nation.

Hagan led the Sun Devils in receiving yards in eight of 12 games last year en route to second-team All-Pac-10 and Rivals.com All-America honors. Last year, his 83 receptions and 1,248 yards both ranked second on the ASU single-season charts. A 2004 second-team All-Pac-10 and All-America selection, he finished second in the Pac-10 and seventh in the NCAA with 104.0 yards per game. That mark also set the school record, passing the 100.4 receiving yards per game that Shaun McDonald had in 2001 and 2002. He turned in 100 or more receiving yards in eight games in 2004 to set the school single-season mark. Hagan caught nine passes for 182 yards (both season highs) with one TD in the Sun Bowl against Purdue.

2005 Division I-A Active Consecutive Reception Streak
47 - Jovon Bouknight, WR, Wyoming
47 - Charles Sharon, WR, Bowling Green State
41 - Chris Francies, WR, UTEP
40 - Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State

Hagan on Biletnikoff Award Watch List: A semi-finalist last season, Derek Hagan was one of 15 players selected as a semi-finalist for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., hands out the award to the nation's top wide receiver. Through 11 games, Hagan leads the Sun Devils with 72 catches for 1,113 yards and eight touchdowns. He also ranks eighth in the nation in yards per game (101.2) and is 20th in catches per game (6.55). Here is a look at Hagan's career and 2005 game-by-game statistics:

Year G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G
2002 14 32 405 0 51 2.3 12.7 28.9
2003 12 66 1076 9 80 5.5 16.3 89.7
2004 12 83 1248 10 79 6.9 15.0 104.0
2005 11 72 1113 8 59 6.5 15.5 101.2
Career 49 253 3842 27 80 5.2 15.2 78.4



Date         Opponent No. Yds TD Long

Sep 01 2005 Temple     3 53 2 31
Sep 10 2005 #5 LSU    7 95 0 24
Sep 17 2005 Northwestern 5 90 1 26
Sep 24 2005 at Oregon St 11 193 2 45
Oct 01 2005 #1 USC    10 162 0 25
Oct 08 2005 #25 Oregon 4 46 1 20
Oct 22 2005 at Stanford 6 76 0 17
Oct 29 2005 Washington 9 115 0 24
Nov 05 2005 at Wash. St. 6 139 1 59
Nov 12 2005 at #14 UCLA 7 97 1 46
Nov 25 2005 Arizona    4 47 0 17
             Totals 72 1113 8 59


 

Getting Offensive: ASU set a school record with 773 yards of total offense in the 52-21 win over Northwestern (9/17) and have combined for 3,903 yards over the last eight games (487.9 avg). The previous school record was 743 yards (232 rush/511 pass) set vs. Stanford in 1981. ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally with 504.5 yards per game. The Sun Devils also rank 11th nationally in scoring (36.1) and third in passing (364.9) offense.

Lighting Up the Scoreboard: ASU's 52-21 victory over Northwestern (9/17) marked the sixth time in Dirk Koetter's ASU career (2nd this season) that his team has scored 50 points or more. ASU's season-opening 63-16 win over Temple tied for second for the most points scored by Koetter's ASU squads and was the highest scoring effort since the team's 65-24 victory over Stanford in 2002. This season, ASU ranks third in Pac-10 and 11th in the NCAA averaging 36.1 per game.

Arizona State has averaged 31.5 points per game in Dirk Koetter's five years at the helm (1879 points/60 G). Since coming to ASU, a Koetter-led team has put at least 40 points on the scoreboard 16 times and 50 or more points on six occasions (12 times in his career). Last year, the Sun Devils ranked fourth in the Pac-10 at 29.8 points per game with a season high of 48 points in a 48-42 victory over UCLA on Oct. 23. ASU averaged 24.5 points per game in 2003, 32.3 ppg in 2002 and 34.0 ppg in 2001. The team set its school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game with its 65-24 win over Stanford on Sept. 28, 2002.

Hurting Hogs: Injuries have hit the offensive line hard this year as nine different Sun Devils have started up front in 2005. Stephen Berg was injured during the Washington game, leaving only one interior lineman left from the original starting line against Temple.

A Cat-anese on the Prowl: Junior Zach Catanese has wasted little time making the transition from junior college to Division I. The Shasta College transfer is second on the team and ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 99 tackles (59 solo) following a team high 11 tackles (eight solo) against Arizona. The safety has also recorded one interception, 3.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks. Over the last seven games, Catanese has recorded 67 tackles, including 13 each against USC and Oregon.

Third-Down: ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 going 78-for-162 (48.1%) on third-down conversions. Conversely, the Sun Devils rank seventh in the league in defensive third-down percentage, allowing a 40.9 conversion rate (65-of-159).

ASU Picked Third in Pac-10 Poll: Arizona State was picked third in the league's preseason poll of West Coast media. Defending league and national champion USC was the unanimous favorite to win its third consecutive Pac-10 title. After USC, opinions were mixed as ASU, Cal, Oregon and UCLA all received multiple second-place votes and were tightly bunched in the upper half of the poll. The Sun Devils tied for third in the league last year after being picked to finish sixth. The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 22 of 44 previous polls, including the last five years.

Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. USC (41) ........... 410
2. California ......... 300
3. Arizona State ...... 296
4. Oregon ............. 290
5. UCLA ............... 282
6. Washington State ... 189
7. Oregon State ....... 159
8. Arizona ............ 131
9. Stanford ........... 106
10. Washington .......... 92

Who's Back: The Sun Devils returned 48 letterwinners this season, including 13 starters and three specialists. The eight returning offensive starters are WR Derek Hagan, OL Grayling Love, OL Chaz White, OL Stephen Berg, OL Andrew Carnahan, HB Lee Burghgraef, TE Zach Miller and WR Terry Richardson. The Sun Devils also returned three other players with starting experience on offense, including OL Mike Pollak (four starts at center), OL Zach Krula (five starts at right guard) and TB/WR Rudy Burgess (three starts at tailback). On defense, the five returning starters included DE Kyle Caldwell, DT Jordan Hill, LB Dale Robinson, LB Jamar Williams and CB Josh Golden. Josh Barrett also returned after starting four games at safety last season. ASU's specialists are also all back, including placekicker Jesse Ainsworth, punter Chris MacDonald and snapper Jason Burke.

Home-Field Advantage: ASU's Sept. 10 loss to then No. 5/5 LSU snapped the team's eight-game winning streak at Sun Devil Stadium, which had dated to the Arizona game in 2003. That marked the longest home winning streak since the team won eight consecutive games over the 1996 and 1997 seasons (all seven in 1996 and the season-opener in 1997). With the 44-20 defeat of Washington, ASU has now won 10 of its last 13 home games. Last year, Arizona State won all six of its home games to turn in just the second undefeated (and untied) home season in 17 years and opened the 2005 season with a 63-16 win over Temple. The previous Sun Devil squad to go unbeaten at home was the 1996 Pac-10 Championship team (7-0). ASU's 1986 Rose Bowl team went 6-0-1, while the Sun Devils have turned in 10 undefeated home campaigns in the 46 seasons since opening Sun Devil Stadium in 1958.

Jamar Williams Named Pac-10 POW: Senior Jamar Williams was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week (9/26) after recording a career-high 13 tackles (9 solo) against Oregon State. It was his fifth career performance with 10 or more tackles, bettering his previous career high of 12 tackles at Washington State in 2003. In nine games this season, Williams is third on the team with 57 tackles (38 solo). He recorded nine solo tackles and his seventh career interception vs. Oregon before adding the eight picked pass of his career against UW. In 46 career games, Williams has recorded 243 total tackles.

Miller on Mackey Award Watch List: The Nassau County Sports Commission announced that sophomore Zach Miller has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and announced in mid-December. A preseason first-team All-American, Miller was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season after setting ASU's freshman receiving records and breaking the school mark for catches by a tight end in a single season. Named after NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, the award has been awarded every year since 2000. All-American Todd Heap was one of three finalists for the inaugural Mackey Award in 2000.

Miller Time: Sophomore All-America tight end Zach Miller set both of ASU's freshman receiving records last season. The 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and second-team Sporting News and Rivals.com All-American shattered ASU's record for receptions by a rookie with 56 catches, surpassing the 32 that Derek Hagan had as a rookie in 2002. With 552 yards, Miller also broke the mark of 423 yards that College Football Hall of Famer John Jefferson had in 1974.

In nine games this season (missed NU/OSU games), Miller has 34 catches for 433 yards (12.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. He recorded a season-high 10 catches for 98 yards and one TD at Washington St.

With his 90 career catches, Miller ranks third all-time among tight ends in ASU history. As a freshman in 2004, Miller broke Todd Heap's single-season record for catches by a tight end (55) and finished seventh on ASU's season chart for receiving yards by a tight end with 552. Miller entered the season tabbed a first-team All-American by Street and Smith's and College Football News, while Lindy's ranked him as the fourth-best tight end in the country. He continues to climb the ASU career charts and already ranks fourth in receiving yards by a tight end (910) and third in touchdowns by a tight end (9).

Ainsworth Candidate for Lou Groza Award: Junior Jesse Ainsworth was one of 30 players on the preseason watch list for the 14th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

In 11 games, Ainsworth leads the team in scoring with 73 points (8 FG, 49 PAT) and has recorded a touchback on 42 of his 70 kickoffs. Dating back to the 2003 season, Ainsworth has connected on 93 straight PAT attempts and is 36-for-52 (68.0) in his career on field goals. He also took over the punting duties against Washington, kicking three times for 125 yards and a 41.7 average with one kick inside the 20 against the Huskies.

ASU's 2004 special teams player of the year, Ainsworth ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation last year with 1.50 field goals per game. He connected on 18-of-28 field goals (64.3 percent) and was one of two Pac-10 kickers to hit all of his PATs (40-of-40).

Caldwell on Hendricks Award Watch List: Junior Kyle Caldwell is one of 24 players on the preseason watch list for the 2005 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Named the three-time All-American at the University of Miami and NFL Hall of Famer, the award is based on several criteria including on-field performance, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community. ASU's Terrell Suggs won the inaugural Hendricks Award in 2002.

Caldwell shared the team lead with seven sacks last season. He started all 12 games and showed his athleticism by hauling in an interception, collecting 26 tackles and breaking up four passes. A 2003 Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection, Caldwell played in 11 games as a true freshman and was co-winner of the Bill Kajikawa Freshman of the Year Award. He has also been recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program each of the last two years. In seven games this season, Caldwell has battled through injuries to record 14 tackles.

Academic Achievements: ASU's 2005 roster features seven student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees: Lee Burghgraef (business administration), Cornell Canidate (BIS-sociology and justice), Chad Christensen (finance), Josh Golden (BIS-justice studies and communication), Grayling Love (finance), Moey Mutz (kinesiology) and R.J. Oliver (recreation management). A total of 41 football student-athletes were named 'Scholar Ballers' in 2004-05 for turning in GPA's of 3.0 or higher. Arizona State is the first Division I school in the country to honor its student-athletes' academic success with a Scholar Baller patch on the front of their jerseys.

Number of Graduates on Fall 2005 Rosters
Miami (Fla.) ........ 11
Auburn ............... 9
Boston College ....... 9
Louisiana Tech ....... 8
Virginia Tech ........ 8
Alabama .............. 7
Arizona State ........ 7
Kentucky ............. 7
Notre Dame ........... 7
Arkansas ............. 6
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