2009 Arizona State Football Team Preview

Aug. 21, 2009

 

  • TEAM PREVIEWS: ASU

    2009 Pac-10 Football Preview Series

    ASU

    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 5-7
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 4-5/T6th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 15/9
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 2/0

    First Year of Football: 1897
    All-Time Record: 545-335-24
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 123-96-4
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 12-11-1
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2007 (loss to Texas in Holiday Bowl)

    EricksonHEAD COACH DENNIS ERICKSON
    (Montana State 1970)
    Third Year at Arizona State

    Record at Arizona State: 15-10 (.600), 2 years
    Overall Career Record: 163-75-1 (.684), 20 years

    Coaching Experience
    Has served as coach of the Sun Devils since 2007 ... also coached at Pac-10 schools Oregon State and Washington State ... spent two years as head coach of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers ... led ASU to a tie for the Pac-10 title in 2007.

    IMPORTANT LINKS
    Team Page | Schedule | Roster | Purchase Tickets

    PAC-10 MEDIA DAY
    All-Access Video | Download Podcast | Quotes
    One-on-One Preseason Interview
    ESPN Pac-10 Highlight Video | Pac-10 Composite Schedule

    SUN DEVILS ON WATCH LISTS
    Dexter Davis Named To Hendricks Watch List
    ASU's Thomas Weber Named To 2009 Groza Award Watch List
    Dexter Davis Named To Bednarik Award Watch List
    Three Sun Devils Named To Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

     

    A QUICK LOOK AT THE SUN DEVILS
    OFFENSE:
    Record-setting quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who passed for 81 TDs and more than 10,000 yards in his four years as Arizona State's starting quarterback, has graduated. Filling his big shoes will be the first order of business on offense, followed closely by getting the running game back on track after a down year last season. Other than at quarterback, the Sun Devils have some experience on hand at both running back and wide receiver, and four starters return on the offensive line. Productive kicker Thomas Weber also returns.

    DEFENSE: Six starters are back on defense and the Sun Devils figure to be sturdy on this side of the ball. Up front, DE Dexter Davis, the ASU leader in tackles for loss and quarterback sacks in each of the last two seasons, returns. The senior is the leading returning QB sacker in the Pac-10 and has posted 21.5 sacks over the last two seasons. In fact, Davis is the only returning player in the nation to record double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons. He is joined up front by promising sophomore DT Lawrence Guy. OLB Mike Nixon led the Conference and ASU in interceptions last year and the Devils return starting CBs Omar Bolden and Terell Carr.

    THE SCHEDULE: Three of the first four games are at home, but the Sun Devils' non-conference road trip is at Georgia. It is a good-looking home Conference schedule as USC, California, Oregon State and Arizona all visit Sun Devil Stadium.

     

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    FIVE SUN DEVILS TO WATCH

    58Dexter Davis
    SR • DE • 6-2 • 255

    28 • Thomas Weber
    JR • PK/P • 6-1 • 207

    67 • Shawn Lauvao
    SR • OT • 6-3 • 305

    25 • Mike Nixon (Pictured)
    SR • OLB • 6-3 • 224

    50 • Lawrence Guy
    SO • DT • 6-5 • 293

     
    2009 SCHEDULE
     
     
    (7 home, 5 away)
     
    Sept. 5 Idaho State First meeting
    Sept. 19 Lousiana-Monroe First meeting
    Sept. 26 at Georgia UGA leads, 1-0
    Oct. 3 Oregon State ASU leads, 24-10-1
    Oct. 10 at Washington State ASU leads, 21-12-4
    Oct. 17 Washington WASH leads, 15-13
    Oct. 24 at Stanford ASU leads, 16-9
    Oct. 31 California Tied, 14-14
    Nov. 7 USC USC leads, 16-9
    Nov. 14 at Oregon ASU leads, 16-13
    Nov. 21 at UCLA UCLA leads, 15-9-1
    Nov. 28 Arizona ARIZ leads, 45-36-1
         
     
    2008 RESULTS
     
    (5-7, 4-5 Pac-10/T6th)
    W, 30-13 Northern Arizona
    W, 41-17 Stanford
    L OT, 20-23 UNLV
    L, 10-27 Georgia
    L, 14-24 at California
    L, 0-28 at USC
    L, 20-54 Oregon
    L, 25-27 at Oregon State
    W, 39-19 at Washington
    W, 31-0 Washington State
    W, 34-9 UCLA
    L, 10-31 at Arizona
       
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