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Oct. 27, 2003

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    Coming off a 20-13 loss last weekend at UCLA, the Arizona State SunDevils return home for the first time in three weeks to play host tothe California Golden Bears Saturday afternoon on Homecoming Weekendat Sun Devil Stadium. Saturday's game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. MSTin Tempe. The Sun Devils look to get back on the winning track afterlast week's loss to the Bruins snapped their two-game winning streak.ASU will be looking for the team's second straight Homecoming win andfirst back-to-back Homecoming victories since winning four straightgames from 1995-98. The Sun Devils return home after playing on theroad in each of the last two weeks and four of the last six. Afterthis weekend's matchup with the Golden Bears, ASU hits the road againfor back-to-back games at Stanford and Washington State beforefinishing the regular season at home against Arizona. This weekend,the Sun Devils will be looking for their sixth home win in sevenattempts against the Bears and to avenge a 55-38 loss to Cal lastyear in Tempe. California brings a 4-5 overall record and a 2-2Pac-10 mark into Saturday's game with the Sun Devils. Last weekend,the Golden Bears defeated Arizona 42-14 which snapped a two-gamelosing streak that included losses to Oregon State and UCLA.

    In the Series
    Arizona State holds a 13-10 advantage in the series with Californiaand a 9-5 edge in games played in Tempe. Last year, California turnedin a 38-55 victory over the Sun Devils on Nov. 9 at Sun DevilStadium. Prior to last season, the Sun Devils had won the previousfive home games and have still won five of the last seven games andseven of the last 10 in the series. ASU has not lost back-to-backgames to Cal since losing three straight games in the series in 1987,1990 and 1991. The all-time series for the Sun Devils has beencharacterized by big wins and narrow losses with ASU winning its 13games by an average of 23.8 points per game and its 10 losses comingby a margin of just 9.1 points per game.

    Homecoming Record
    Arizona State brings a 54-16-3 (.760) record on Homecoming Day intothis week's game with California. The Sun Devils have won 14 of theirlast 18 Homecoming contests, including a 27-16 victory overWashington on Oct. 26, 2002. That win over the Huskies snapped athree-game losing streak in Homecoming games for ASU, while this weekagainst the Golden Bears, the Sun Devils will be looking to win theirfirst back-to-back Homecoming contests since winning four straightfrom 1995-98.

    The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU's footballgames live on its 11-station network including flagship stations KTAR620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix. Tim Healey (play-by-play),Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta and Paul Calvisi(pregame, halftime and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devilfans. Calvisi will also provide reports from the ASU sidelines duringhome games. ASU games can also be heard live on ASU's official website at There will be no television for the California game.

    What Time is It Anyway?
    The state of Arizona never changes its clocks remaining on MountainStandard Time all year. From April to the end of October, ArizonaState is on Pacific Daylight Time, while when the rest of the countrychanged its clocks on October 26, Arizona State remained the same,matching up again with Mountain Standard Time. Therefore, thisweekend's game with California will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Mountainand 12:30 p.m. Pacific.

    Last Time Out
    Without starting quarterback Andrew Walter for three quarters, theArizona State Sun Devils were unable to stage another fourth-quartercomeback, falling to the UCLA Bruins 20-13 at the Rose Bowl inPasadena, Calif. Sophomore tailback Loren Wade turned in his secondstraight 100-yard rushing game for the Sun Devils, carrying the ball19 times for a gain of 131 yards and a touchdown.

    UCLA started the scoring early, getting a field goal on itsfirst drive of the game. Bruins quarterback Matt Moore completed hisfirst pass of the game to receiver Craig Bragg for 52 yards to set upa 41-yard attempt for kicker Justin Medlock. Arizona State counteredwith a field goal of its own, taking advantage of a 35-yard DarylLightfoot punt return to set up true freshman kicker Jesse Ainsworthon a 27-yard field goal attempt. After splitting the uprights, thescore was tied at 3-3 with 4:31 remaining in the first.

    Following the kickoff, Moore led UCLA into the end zone,completing five of six passes on an 85-yard drive. Scoring on a25-yard pass to Bragg, the Bruins took the lead at 10-3 as the firstquarter ended.

    Arizona State opened up the second quarter with a big runfrom Wade. Carrying the ball 61 yards, which was ASU's longest runsince 2001, Wade scored the Sun Devils' first touchdown of the gameand tied the score at 10. With the Bruins threatening again, the SunDevil defense stepped up with a takeaway. Junior safety Brett Hudsonpicked off a pass on the ASU 17-yard line and returned it 24 yards.Replacing the injured Walter, true freshman quarterback Sam Kellerled the Sun Devil offense onto the field with the ball at the ASU41-yard line. Keller found sophomore tailback Hakim Hill on an11-yard pass, and then Hill rushed for 19 more yards to set up a33-yard field goal attempt. With time running out in the half,Ainsworth made the field goal to give the Devils a 13-10 halftimelead.

    The defense was the story in the second half as only 10points were scored in the remainder of the game, all by UCLA. Takingover from their own 11-yard line, the Bruins gave the ball to MauriceDrew, who rushed for an 83-yard touchdown, giving UCLA a 17-13 lead.

    The Sun Devils missed an opportunity to regain the lead with2:44 remaining in the third quarter. Junior defensive end JimmyVerdon had his first career interception on a pass from Moore at theUCLA 27-yard line, giving the Devils good field position. But on thevery next play, ASU fumbled the ball on the 17-yard line, putting theball back in the hands of the Bruins as the third quarter ended.

    With 12:11 left in the game UCLA went to the ground, callingon Drew who helped move the ball to the ASU 26-yard line. From there,Medlock hit a 44-yard field goal attempt to extend the UCLA lead to20-13. Unable to significantly move the ball on offense, the SunDevils punted away to the Bruins with 3:04 remaining in the game,enabling UCLA to run down the clock and escape with a victory.

    Senior Skyler Fulton led the Sun Devil receivers with 44yards on five catches, while ASU's quarterbacks combined for 132yards (Walter 4-of-10 for 53 yards, Keller 11-of-21 for 79yards). Juniors Jason Shivers and Justin Burks led the defensewith 12 tackles and 11 tackles, respectively (each had eight solostops). Junior Ishmael Thrower and freshman Kyle Caldwell eachcontributed sacks.

    Wade on the Run
    Redshirt freshman Loren Wade had 19 carries for 113 yards last weekat UCLA, marking the second consecutive week that the Los Angelesnative has gained at least 100 yards. Wade became the first Sun Devilto accomplish the feat since Delvon Flowers gained at least 100 yardsin three straight games in 2001 (Oregon, Washington State andArizona). Two weeks ago, Wade led the Sun Devil effort vs. the TarHeels with 16 carries for 130 yards (both career highs) and atouchdown. In the last three weeks, Wade has averaged 106.7 yards pergame, while he has scored one rushing touchdown in each of the lastfour games.

    Wade also scored ASU's only touchdown last week against theBruins, breaking free for a 61-yard run into the end zone in thesecond quarter. His run was the longest for the Sun Devils sinceFlowers had a 74-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State on Oct. 20,2001. Wade now leads the Sun Devils and ranks seventh in the Pac-10in rushing with 61.4 yards per game. Wade's average of 5.8 yards percarry is only second to Arizona's Michael Bell (6.2 ypc) among thePac-10 rushing leaders.

    The Sun Devils have averaged 156.7 rushing yards per game inthe last three weeks, including a season-high 190 yards Oct. 18 atNorth Carolina, up from their season average of 118.8 yards percontest. Wade's 130-yard showing (8.1 yards per carry) vs. UNC markedthe most for a Sun Devil since senior Mike Williams turned in 162yards on 40 carries in ASU's win at Arizona last season, while ASU'sseason-best four rushing touchdowns against the Ducks on Oct. 11 weremarked the most since the team scored five TDs on the ground in lastyear's Oct. 5 loss to North Carolina. ASU has had a player top the100-yard mark three times this year including two games by Wade andone by sophomore Hakim Hill who tallied 115 yards on the ground atOregon State on Sept. 27. ASU is 236-44-5 (.837) all time when havinga player gain 100 or more rushing yards.

    The duo of Wade (61.4 yards per game) and Hill (52.6 ypg)gives the Sun Devils a strong one-two punch in the backfield. Eachplayer had scored three touchdowns this season, while Wade leads theway with an average of 5.8 yards per carry to 4.1 yards per rush forHill.

    Red-Zone Improvement
    Following a 1-for-2 showing last week at UCLA, the Sun Devils havescored on 15 of their last 17 trips into the red zone (88.2 percent).ASU was 5-for-6 (three TDs, two FGs) Oct. 18 at North Carolina and aperfect 9-for-9 in their previous two games (USC and Oregon). ASU hadscored just 50 percent of the time in their first four games (6-12).The Sun Devils scored two TDs and one field goal in three trips intothe red zone vs. the Trojans on Oct. 4, while the team had sixtouchdowns in six trips past Oregon's 20-yard line on Oct. 11.

    Pick Pockets
    Senior safety Brett Hudson and junior defensive Jimmy Verdon (firstcareer pick) each had an interception last week at UCLA, giving ASU atotal of 13 interceptions. Arizona State has had eight differentplayers grab its 13 interceptions on the year with at least oneinterception in all but one game this year (North Carolina). Juniorsafeties Riccardo Stewart and Jason Shivers lead the team with threeinterceptions each this season, while Hudson has a pair. Last year,the Sun Devils also spread the wealth in interceptions with 13players combining for ASU's Pac-10-leading 22 picks (led by R.J.Oliver and Brett Hudson who each had four picks last year). Thisseason, ASU is fourth in the Pac-10 with 13 interceptions, trailingonly Washington State (18), UCLA (14) and Oregon State (14).

    Shivers, who has played in seven of eight games this year, isranked seventh in the Pac-10 and 37th in the nation with 0.43interceptions per game, while Stewart is tied for eighth in theleague and 43rd in the nation with 0.38 picks per game.

    Arizona State has also returned three interceptions fortouchdown this year, which is the most since the 1980 team returnedfour picks for touchdown. ASU's single-season record is five,accomplished by the 1974 Sun Devils. Sophomore Jamar Williams turnedin his first interception of the season, picking off an Oregon passand returning it 50 yards for touchdown in the first quarter Oct. 11vs. the Ducks, while Stewart (vs. Utah State) and junior cornerbackR.J. Oliver (vs. Northern Arizona) have each returned interceptionsfor touchdown this year as well.

    Shivers grabbed two of ASU's season-high-tying threeinterceptions Sept. 27 at Oregon State (ASU also had three picksSept. 13 vs. Utah State), marking the second time in his career thathe has picked off two passes, with the first occasion being lastyear's 34-20 victory at Arizona on Nov. 29, 2002. ASU had threeinterceptions Sept. 13 against Utah State, including an interceptionreturn for touchdown by Stewart. Hudson also snagged his firstinterception of the year and the fifth of his ASU career vs. theAggies, while Jones had his first career pick in that game. Stewart'stouchdown marked the second straight game that an ASU player returnedan interception for TD, after Oliver tied the ASU mark for longestreturn with a 100-yarder in ASU's season-opener vs. Northern Arizona.Oliver became the 10th player in Pac-10 history (and the second SunDevil) to return an interception 100 yards for touchdown (ASU juniorEmmanuel Franklin also had a 100-yard interception return in the 2001season-opener against San Diego State). That marked the team-leadingseventh career interception for Oliver, who led the Pac-10 in passesdefended last year and is on the preseason watch list for the JimThorpe Award.

    Getting Offensive
    ASU's Oct. 18 victory at North Carolina marked the second consecutiveweek that the Sun Devils had turned in season highs in both passingyards and total offense. Prior to last week's loss at UCLA where theteam gained just 253 total yards, ASU had averaged 373.0 passingyards and 547.5 total offense yards in wins over Oregon and UNC, upfrom season averages of 267.2 and 386.0 yards, respectively.Ironically, the team's 598 yards of total offense against the TarHeels on Oct. 18 marked the most since the Sun Devils had 657 yardsin their 38-35 loss to the Tar Heels at Sun Devil Stadium last season.

    Hagan Turns in Third 100-Yard Day
    Sophomore wide receiver Derek Hagan turned in three consecutive100-yard receiving games vs. USC, Oregon and North Carolina, becomingthe first Sun Devil receiver to turn in three in a row since currentSt. Louis Ram Shaun McDonald had three straight 100-yard efforts lastseason (175 yards at San Diego State, 221 vs. Stanford, 156 vs. NorthCarolina). McDonald was also the last Sun Devil to accomplish thefeat in four straight games, tallying 100-plus yards in games againstOregon State, Washington, Oregon and Washington in 2001. In the lastfour games, Hagan, who now leads the team in receiving, has had 30catches for 500 yards (125.0 yards per game) and two touchdowns.

    Hagan turned in a career outing to lead the Sun Devils pastNorth Carolina on Oct. 18, hauling in 11 passes for 185 yards (bothcareer bests) and a touchdown. In addition to being a career high,his 11 catches tied with three other Sun Devils for the fourth-bestsingle-game mark in school history. Ron Fair holds the school recordfor receptions in a game with 19 catches in a 1989 win overWashington State. Hagan caught seven balls for 108 yards and onetouchdown vs. Oregon on Oct. 11, while Oct. 4 against USC, he caughteight passes for 170 yards. He also played a key role in setting upboth of ASU's touchdown drives vs. the Trojans, hauling in receptionsof 35 and eight yards to help set up quarterback Andrew Walter's12-yard scoring strike to senior Skyler Fulton in the first quarter.He also caught a 24-yard pass to get ASU to the USC 5-yard line inthe third quarter, a drive which ended a one-yard TD run by redshirtfreshman Loren Wade. Hagan's previous career bests were 95 yards inASU's upset at then No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, 2002 and six catches atUSC on Nov. 16 of last year.

    Hagan leads the team in receiving this season with 42 catchesfor 613 yards and four touchdowns. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 inreceptions per game (5.25) and ninth in the league and 49th in thecountry in receiving yards per game (76.6). He has already surpassedhis production from all of last season. Last year, Hagan brokeCollege Football Hall of Famer John Jefferson's record for receptionsby an ASU freshman with 32 catches (for 405 yards) on the year.

    Game-Winning Plays
    Senior receiver Skyler Fulton's game-winning five-yard catch fromjunior Andrew Walter Oct. 18 at North Carolina marked the first timethat the Sun Devils have won a game on the last play since ArizonaState took home a 23-20 victory at Washington State when kicker MikeBarth nailed a 49-yard field goal in overtime on Oct. 21, 2000.Coincidentally, that was the second time that season that Barth andthe Sun Devils earned a win on a game-winning play as time expired.On Sept. 16 of that same year, Barth drilled a 49-yarder to beat thenNo. 25 Colorado State on the last play of the game at Sun DevilStadium.

    Scoring Through the Air
    Junior quarterback Andrew Walter threw three touchdown passes againstboth Oregon and North Carolina, including the game-winning five-yardtoss to senior Skyler Fulton as time ran out Oct. 18 at NorthCarolina. He threw three scoring strikes to three different receiversin ASU's 59-14 win over Oregon on Oct. 11. Walter has now turned in14 multiple touchdown games in his career, including five thisseason. He completed a season-high four touchdown passes Sept. 6against Northern Arizona, marking the fifth time in his career thathe has had at least four TD passes in a game. Walter's career highfor TD passes in a single game is five in last year's 65-24 win overStanford.

    With his three TD passes against the Tar Heels on Oct. 18,Walter moved into a tie for fourth on ASU's career list with 46, arecord shared by Dennis Sproul and Ryan Kealy, and is two TD passesshy of third place on the list, currently held by Mike Pagel with 48.Current Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer (1993-96) holds theschool record with 65 touchdowns in his illustrious career. Walter isalso tied for 26th on the Pac-10's career touchdown passes list withWashington State's Drew Bledsoe (1990-92) and Arizona's TomTunnicliffe (1980-83). Walter needs just two more to move into theleague's top 25 in the category.

    Lighting Up the Scoreboard
    Arizona State has averaged 35.0 points per game over the last threeweeks, including 33 in an Oct. 18 win at North Carolina and aseason-high 59 points in the team's Oct. 11 win against Oregon. The59 points vs. the Ducks marked the most points for the team since ASUset its school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game with its 65-24 winover Stanford on Sept. 28, 2002. The Sun Devils averaged just 19.2points per game in the first five contests of the season and only12.0 ppg during their three-game losing streak earlier this season(at Iowa, at Oregon State and vs. USC). In his three seasons at thehelm, Dirk Koetter's offense has turned in an average of 31.4 pointsper game, including an average of 25.1 points per game this year,32.3 ppg in 2002 and 34.0 ppg in 2001. ASU's 59-14 victory overOregon on Oct. 11 also marked the 10th time (fourth time at ASU) thata Koetter-led team has put 50 or more points on the scoreboard.

    Shivers Causing Shivers
    Junior free safety Jason Shivers has moved into the team lead with 69tackles this year, edging fellow junior safety Riccardo Stewart whohas 68 stops on the year. Shivers led the team in tackles for thefourth time this year with 12 tackles (eight solos) last week atUCLA. At 9.5 tackles per game this year, Shivers is ranked second inthe Pac-10, while he has averaged 11.3 tackles per game over the lastsix games (68 tackles).

    Shivers had a game-high nine tackles Oct. 11 vs. Oregon and13 Sept. 27 at Oregon State. He also tied his career highs with 17tackles and 13 solo stops Sept. 20 at Iowa. That marked the most forShivers since he turned in 17 tackles (13 solo) vs. Washington onOct. 27, 2001 in Tempe. Both marks were the most tackles for a SunDevil since Joe Cesta had 18 tackles (12 solo) vs. Oregon in 1998. Inaddition, Shivers, who is on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award,is seventh in the Pac-10 and 37th in the nation with threeinterceptions this year (0.43 per game).

    Shivers, who led the team in tackles in each of his first twoseasons in Tempe, is averaging 8.7 tackles per game in his shortcareer with 11 games in double figures in the category (279 tackles,32 games). Shivers has led the team in tackles 17 times in his threeseasons in Tempe.

    And Not to Forget Stewart...
    Junior safety Riccardo Stewart led the team with 10 tackles Oct. 18at North Carolina, marking the fourth time in eight games this seasonand the eighth time in his career that he has paced the team in thecategory. Stewart matched his career best with 11 tackles, includingseven solo stops, to lead the team Oct. 4 against USC and paced theteam in the category in each of the first two games this season,including 10 tackles (8 solo) Sept. 13 vs. Utah State and 11 tackles(8 solo) in ASU's season-opener vs. Northern Arizona on Sept. 6.Stewart ranks fourth in the Pac-10 this season with 8.5 tackles pergame and trails fellow junior safety Jason Shivers by just one tacklefor the team lead in the category.

    Fulton's Career Day
    Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton had a career day in ASU's Sept. 13win over Utah State, catching eight passes for 172 yards and twotouchdowns (all career highs). Of his career-high eight catches vs.the Aggies, seven were for 15 or more yards and five resulted in afirst down. He also caught the game-winner Oct. 18 at North Carolina,hauling in a five-yard touchdown catch as time expired to give ASUthe 33-31 victory. He had seven catches for 68 yards and two TDs vs.the Tar Heels, while last week at UCLA, he led the team with fivecatches for 44 yards.

    Fulton is second on the team with 67.6 receiving yards pergame (40 catches for 536 yards and a team-best seven TDs), while heis tied for eighth in the league with 5.0 receptions per game. He isalso tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in touchdown scoring at 5.2 pointsper game. Fulton is averaging 13.4 yards per catch, while 22 of his40 catches this season have resulted in a first down or touchdown,including four of his five receptions Oct. 11 vs. Oregon (three firstdowns and one TD) and four of seven Oct. 18 at North Carolina (twofirst downs and two TDs).

    Spreading the Wealth
    The Sun Devils had five different receivers lead the team in theirfirst five games this season. Senior Skyler Fulton has paced the teamin two games, while sophomore Derek Hagan has done it three timesthis season.

    Junior quarterback Andrew Walter completed four touchdownpasses to three different Sun Devils vs. Northern Arizona in ASU'sseason-opener on Sept. 6. Sophomore Moey Mutz, a former walk-on whoearned a scholarship this spring, led the Sun Devil receivers withthree catches for 75 yards and two TDs vs. NAU, while senior SkylerFulton led the team with eight catches for 172 yards and a pair ofTDs vs. Utah State on Sept. 13. The Sun Devils had three players turnin career highs in receiving Sept. 20 at Iowa, led by sophomore MattMiller who caught seven passes for 45 yards, while sophomore tailbackHakim Hill led the team with six catches for a career-best 92 yardsSept. 27 at Oregon State. Miller set a new career high Oct. 11 vs.Oregon, catching four passes for a career-best 70 yards and his firstcareer TD.

    ASU Game-by-Game Receiving LeadersOpponent	Leader	Catches	YardsNorthern Arizona	Moey Mutz	3	75Utah State	Skyler Fulton	8	172at #18/14 Iowa	Matt Miller	7	45at Oregon State	Hakim Hill	6	92#10/10 USC	Derek Hagan	8	170Oregon	Derek Hagan	7	108at North Carolina	Derek Hagan	11	185at UCLA	Skyler Fulton	5	44

    Top of the Hill
    Sophomore tailback Hakim Hill led the team in both rushing andreceiving Sept. 27 at Oregon State, becoming the first Sun Devilsince Michael Martin in 1996 to pace the team in both categories.Hill, who made his first career start in the game vs. the Beavers,turned in career bests with 24 carries for 115 yards on the groundand 92 yards through the air (six catches) against Oregon State.Martin had 20 carries for 92 yards and one rushing touchdown and fivecatches for 74 yards and one receiving TD against Washington in a45-42 ASU win on Sept. 7, 1996, ASU's season-opener in a year thatsaw the team notch an 11-0 regular season record and a 1997 Rose Bowlappearance.

    Getting to the Quarterback
    Arizona State's defense has 24.0 quarterback sacks through eightgames this season, which is tied for third in the Pac-10 with UCLAand seven behind league-leader Washington State's 31.

    ASU sacked Utah State quarterback Travis Cox a total of seventimes on Sept. 13, the most since the team had eight (led by Suggs'four) in a Oct. 26 win over Washington last year. Last season, theSun Devils finished second in the Pac-10 with a total of 51.0 sacks.Junior Ishmael Thrower leads the team with 3.5 sacks for a loss of 28yards, while senior Brian Montesanto and junior Jimmy Verdon eachhave three sacks this season. A total of 14 Sun Devils have gotten atleast half a sack this season with true freshman defensive end KyleCaldwell getting the first two sacks of his career in each of thelast two weeks.

    On the other side of the ball, the Arizona State offensiveline ranks third in the Pac-10 in sacks allowed, giving up just 14sacks on the year. Prior to allowing five sacks vs. USC on Oct. 4,the Sun Devils had led the league after allowing only five sacks inthe first four games of the season. The Sun Devils did not allow asack in ASU's 59-14 victory over Oregon on Oct. 11 and allowed justone Oct. 18 at North Carolina.

    ASU Game-by-Game Sacks & Tackles for LossOpponent	Sacks	TFLsNorthern Arizona	3.0-28	8.0-48Utah State	7.0-57	9.0-60at #18/14 Iowa	4.0-25	9.0-38at Oregon State	4.0-26	15.0-59#10/10 USC	2.0-6	4.0-9Oregon	1.0-6	3.0-11at North Carolina	1.0-2	3.0-5at UCLA	2.0-15	10.0-33

    Fulton Named to AFCA Good Works Team
    Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton has been named to the 2003American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for hisdedication and commitment to community service. The AFCA selected 11players for the Division I-A Good Works Team. Nominees have to beactively involved and committed to working with a charitableorganization, service group or involved in other community serviceactivities and display sincere concern and reliability, while alsomaking a favorable impression on the organizations with which theyare involved. Athletic ability is not a criterion.

    Fulton has worked and taught in three schools whosepopulation is primarily minority and underprivileged. He has alsohelped to raise his teammate's and close friend's toddler son,watching the child so his teammate can attend class, work out andmeet with tutors. Additionally, during the fall semesters, he spendsa great deal of time with the incoming freshman footballstudent-athletes to help them transition into the culture ofintercollegiate athletics. Fulton is the first Sun Devil on the GoodWorks Team since fellow wide receiver Mike Aguirre in 2000.

    Putting the Special in Special Teams
    Senior punter Tim Parker ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 24th in thenation this season, averaging 43.3 yards per punt with 16 of his 54punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 10 touchbacks...he set hiscareer high Oct. 25 at UCLA, booting 11 punts for 437 yards with sixdowned inside the 20...his 11 punts vs. the Bruins tied for thethird-highest single-game total in school history with six other SunDevils...Parker handled both the punting and placekicking duties vs.NAU and Utah State, becoming the first Sun Devil to handle bothduties since Stephen Baker was the placekicker and backup punter in1998 and 1999...true freshman kicker Jesse Ainsworth replaced Parker asthe placekicker on ASU's last extra-point attempt in the Utah Stategame...Ainsworth connected on his first career field goal Sept. 27 atOregon State with a 34-yarder in the third quarter and completed acareer-long 43-yard field goal in ASU's Oct. 11 win over Oregon...thisyear, Ainsworth is 7-of-11 on field goal attempts (.636, sixth in thePac-10) and is 15-of-16 on extra-point attempts (.938, tied foreighth in the league)...sophomore Josh Golden had four punt returns for78 yards in ASU's season-opener vs. NAU which was the most for a SunDevil since Justin Taplin had four punt returns for 84 yards vs.Oregon State in 2001...Golden's 42-yarder in the second quarter of thatgame was also the longest since Taplin had a 62-yard punt return inthat 2001 game...junior Daryl Lightfoot turned in a 67-yard kickoffreturn in ASU's Oct. 11 win over Oregon, which marked the longestkickoff return since Tom Pace returned a kickoff 100 yards fortouchdown Dec. 1, 2001 at UCLA...Lightfoot also had a key 28-yard puntreturn in the fourth quarter OCt. 18 at North Carolina to bring ASUto its own 39-yard line to start its game-winning drive...Lightfoot hastaken over most of the punt and kickoff return duties in the lastfive games since returning from injury...he ranks sixth in the Pac-10and 37th in the nation at 24.7 yards per kickoff return and is sixthin the league at 9.7 yards per punt a team, Arizona Stateleads the Pac-10 and ranks 22nd in the nation in kickoff returns at24.9 yards per return, third in the league and 21st in the country innet punting (38.6 yards per punt) and fourth in the league and 49thin the nation in punt returns (9.6 yards per return).

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