Territorial Cup Up For Grabs as Sun Devils Host Arizona
Nov. 21, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Senior Sendoff: The ASU-UA game Friday marks the final home game for 19 seniors on the Sun Devil roster. Those individuals include: Stephen Bisnett, Lee Burghgraef, Cornell Canidate, Chad Christensen, Nick Clapp, Quency Darley, Mike Davis Jr., Josh Golden, Derek Hagan, DeWayne Hollyfield, Maurice London, Grayling Love, Matt Miller, Moey Mutz, R.J. Oliver, Dale Robinson, Mike Talbot, Chaz White and Jamar Williams.
The Territorial Championship Cup: Registered with the NCAA as the oldest intercollegiate rivalry trophy in the nation, the Territorial Championship Cup will be presented to the winning team on the field at the conclusion of the game. The Cup was first awarded to Tempe Normal School (now ASU) on Nov. 20, 1899, following an 11-2 game at Tucson's Carillo Gardens Field.
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 1,066 yards on 68 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 (249), yards (3,795) and touchdowns (27), Hagan has caught at least one pass in each of his last 39 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, and has made one grab in 46 of 48 career games.
Devil Data -- Release Highlights
ASU is third in the nation in passing offense at 376.8 yards per game.
Dale Robinson is second in the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 63.
Robinson also is second in the league in total tackles with 10.2 per game, trailing only Trent Bray of Oregon State (10.5).
ASU ranks seventh in the nation in kickoff returns at 25.5 yards per return.
Rudy Carpenter has thrown for 1,116 yards and 8 TDs in his first three starts.
Zach Miller ranks third all-time among ASU tight ends with nine TD catches.
Derek Hagan is the third player in Pac-10 history with 240 catches and 3,500 yards. Terry Richardson is second in the Pac-10 averaging 27.9 yards per kickoff 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 15 TDs after having only six last season.
ASU is third in the nation in total offense at 518.1 yards per game.
Arizona Series: The Sun Devils suffered a 34-27 setback to the Wildcats in Tucson one year ago as a valiant comeback charge led by Sam Keller, who replaced an injured Andrew Walter in the fourth quarter, came up short in the waning minutes of the game. Arizona leads the series, 44-33-1, but ASU holds the edge in games played in Tempe, standing 17-16-1 all-time and 13-9-1 in games played inside Sun Devil Stadium. The last time the two teams met in Tempe was 2003 when the Sun Devils recorded a 28-7 victory and defeat the Wildcats for the second year in a row.
Radio: The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry 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. 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
Captains: Five Sun Devils have been elected team captains by their teammates: seniors
Four of those five captains will represent the Sun Devils at the coin toss each game with an
additional single-game captain who is selected by ASU's coaches each week. This week,
instead of one single-game captain, all 19 Sun Devil seniors will serve as captains.
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 1,506 all-purpose yards with 1,560 yards through the air and
a loss of 54 yards on the ground while Sam Keller, who started eight games for ASU until
sustaining a season-ending injury, accounted for 2,071 yards wiht 2,165 in the air and a
loss of 94 yards on the ground. Derek Hagan, on his way to setting the career receptions
record in the Pac-10, has hauled in 1,066 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 1,112 yards of total offense with 459 rushing yards, 540
receiving yards and 113 yards of kick returns. Terry Richardson, one of the top kick returners
in the nation, has recorded 1,233 total yards with 531 yards on kickoff returns, 235 on
punt returns, 411 yards receiving and 56 yards rushing. Freshman tailback Keegan Herring is nearing the 1,000 yard mark as well as he has tallied 775 all-purpose yards.
Carpenter Constructs Solid Starts: Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter 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 three games as the starter, Carpenter has accumulated 1,116 yards on
82-of-114 passing (.720) with eight touchdowns and one interception. Overall in 2005,
Carpenter has appeared in seven games and has amassed 1,560 yards on 74 percent
passing (115-for-156) with 13touchdowns, two interceptions and a passing efficiency rating
Running Rookie: Freshman Keegan Herring has done well for the Sun Devils in his first
season of collegiate play as he has totaled 771 yards on 132 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 19th in Division I-A football. Earlier this season, 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. Herring also needs just three more yards on the ground to break
the ASU freshman rushing record of 773 yards in the 2003 season.
T-Rich Leads Special Teams: Junior wide receiver Terry Richardson 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
a 89-yarder against California in 1992. Richardson ranks first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the
nation averageing averaging 27.9 yards per kickoff return while also sitting third in the Pac-
10 and 15th in the NCAA averaging 13.1 yards on 18 punt returns. On offense, Richardson
is third on the team with 33 catches for 411 yards (12.5 avg.). For his career, Richardson
has caught 94 passes for 1,286 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 is 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 five games,
Miller has recorded 27 receptions for 323 yards. For the season, Miller is fourth on the team
with 32 catches for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Jamaal Lewis is also having a
solid season with 20 catches for 369 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 62 of 271 (24%) catches.
ASU also produced two-time Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap of the Baltimore Ravens.
Attendance Marks: After six home games, ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 averaging
60,077 fans per game. A total of 360,461 fans have 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).
All-Around Rudy: Sophomore Rudy Burgess has proven to be an all-around player and
is averaging 111.2 all purpose yards per game. He has rushed for 459 yards (113 carries),
caught 50 passes (540 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 33 passes for 320 yards and one TD and rushed 59 times for
240 yards and one TD. In 22 career games, Burgess has combined for 2,291 all purpose
yards, averaging 104.1 yards per game with 10 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 on his five grabs and became the
first Sun Devil since Derek Hagan last year against UCLA to catch three touchdown 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 15 of its last 23 games and 10 of the last 13 home games. In 94 seasons of Sun Devil football, ASU is 521-319-24.
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 lineup 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 posted 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 as a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, has lived up to his billing as one of the top receivers in the country. In his most recent outing, Hagan pulled down seven passes to move past Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99) as the Pac-10's career leader with 249 receptions. With 68 catches for 1,066 yards and eight touchdowns this year, Hagan ranks among the Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in several receiving categories. Over the last seven games, Hagan has caught 53 passes for 828 yards and five touchdowns. Hagan owns ASU career receiving records for catches (249), yards (3,795) and touchdowns (27). He is also climbing the Pac-10 career record charts in yards (3,795/second) and is tied for sixth in touchdowns (27). Hagan leads the team with 68 catches for 1,066 yards and is fourth in the nation averaging 106.6 yards per game. His 68 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 (249) and second with 3,795
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 39 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in the nation, and has at least one catch in 46 of 48 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
Jovon Bouknight, WR, Wyoming ..............................46
Charles Sharon, WR, Bowling Green State .............46
Chris Francies, WR, UTEP ......................................40
Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State .........................39
Hagan on Biletnikoff Award Watch List: A semi-finalist last season, Derek Hagan was
recently 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 10 games, Hagan leads the Sun Devils with 68 catches for 1,066
yards and eight touchdowns. He also ranks fourth in the nation in yards per game
(106.6) and is 17th in catches per game (6.8).
The three finalists will be named later in November with the winner of the Biletnikoff
Award being announced in December at the annual ESPN College Football Awards Show
at Walt Disney World. 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 10 68 1066 8 59 6.8 15.7 106.6
Career 48 249 3795 27 80 5.2 15.2 79.1
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 State 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 Washington State 6 139 1 59
Nov 12, 2005 at UCLA 7 97 1 46
Totals 68 1066 8 59
Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood: Senior linebacker Dale Robinson has picked up where
the honorable-mention All-Pac-10 selection left off last season. Robinson is second in the
Pac-10 with 102 total tackles (63 solo, second in the league). He is also tied for fourth
in the league with 14.0 TFL's and has recorded five games this season with at least 10
tackles. Robinson was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 for the
second time in his career. Against LSU, Robinson recorded 15 tackles (11 solo), one sack,
2.5 TFL and forced a fumble. In 22 career games in the Maroon and Gold, Robinson has
recorded 195 total tackles (113 solo) and 27.0 TFL.
Getting Offensive: ASU set a school record with 773 yards of total offense in the 52-21
win over Northwestern (9/17) and has combined for 3,534 yards over the last seven games
(504.9 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 third nationally with 518.1 yards per game.
ASU also ranks ninth nationally in scoring (37.4) and third in passing (376.8) 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 ninth in the
NCAA averaging 37.4 points per game.
Arizona State has averaged 31.5 points per game in Dirk Koetter's five years at the helm
(1856 points/59 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.
Herring Aiming For Freshman Record: True freshman Keegan
Herring ranks ninth in the Pac-10 averaging 71.1 yards per game.
He recorded his second 100-yard game of the year with a 197-yard
effort against Northwestern (9/17). Herring also rushed for 134 yards
in his collegiate debut, marking the first ASU true freshman to rush
for more than 100 yards since Mike Williams in 2000. Herring had 12
carries for 134 yards with one touchdown vs. the Owls, while Williams
carried the ball 33 times for 143 yards and one score in ASU's win over
Colorado State in 2000. Against NU, Herring recorded a career-high
23 carries for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 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. In nine games
this season, Herring has rushed for 642 yards and has five TDs. The
ASU freshman record for rushing yards in a season is 773 set in
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).
Top Freshman: Freshman Keegan Herring is one of the top freshman
running backs in the country. Herring ranks ninth of all freshman
rushers with 771 yards and is fifth with a 5.8 yards per rush average.
His 197 yards against Northwestern is the fifth most by a freshman
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 fifth in the Pac-10
with 88 tackles (51 solo). The safety has also recorded one interception,
2.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks. Over the last six games, Catanese has
recorded 56 tackles, including 13 each against USC and Oregon.
Third-Down: ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 going 74-for-149
(49.6%) on third-down conversions. Conversely, the Sun Devils rank
seventh in the league in defensive third-down percentage, allowing
a 40.1 conversion rate (57-of-142).
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
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
also returned after starting four games at safety last season. ASU's
specialists are also all back, including placekicker Jesse Ainsworth,
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 seasonopener
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.
named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week (9/26) after recording
a career-high 13 tackles (9 solo) at 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 Washington. In 46 career
games, Williams has recorded 243 total tackles.
Ainsworth a 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 10 games, Ainsworth leads the team in scoring with 66 points
(6 FG, 48 PAT) and has recorded a touchback on 39 of his 65 kickoffs.
Dating back to the 2003 season, Ainsworth has connected on
92 straight PAT attempts and is 34-for-50 (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 kickers in the Pac-10 to connect on all of his PAT
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. Sun Devil 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.
Miller on Mackey Award Watch List: The Nassau County Sports
Commission announced that sophomore Zach Miller was named to
the John Mackey Award Watch List. Given annually to the best 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 eight games this season (missed NU/OSU games), Miller has
32 catches for 372 yards (11.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. He recorded
a season-high 10 catches for 98 yards and one TD at Washington
With his 88 career catches, Miller ranks fourth 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).
Love a Candidate for Outland Trophy: Senior center Grayling
Love is one of 36 preseason candidates for the 2005 Outland Trophy,
which has been given annually to the nation's top offensive or defensive
lineman since 1946. He has also been selected as a finalist
(announced Oct. 27) for the 2005 Draddy Trophy, also known as
the 'Academic Heisman', awarded to the student-athlete who best
combines academic success, football performance and exemplary
community leadership. Love, who graduated in May of 2004, was a
National Scholar-Athlete Award winner last season.
A four-year starter who has played at every spot on the line, Love
is the leader of ASU's talented and deep offensive line that is one of the
strengths of this year's team. Love made the move to center this year
and was listed as the third-best center in the country by the Sporting
News this preseason. He started all 12 games in 2004, including six at
left tackle and six at right guard, and was a key contributor on a passing
offense that led the Pac-10 and ranked fifth in the nation at 317.3
yards per game. He was named the Hard Hat Co-Champion for his
work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.
A 2004 graduate with a bachelor's degree in finance, Love was
one of two players in the Pac-10 to earn first-team all-league honors
for his work on the field and in the classroom. He also earned
first-team Academic All-District honors and was the recipient of the
National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
postgraduate scholarship (Valley of the Sun chapter).
The Outland Trophy winner is selected by the FWAA's All-
America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man team
and picks three Outland Trophy finalists. The 2005 Outland Trophy
announcement will be on Dec. 8 on the ESPN Home Depot College
Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. The Outland Trophy presentation
banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee
and First Data Corporation, is set for Jan. 12, 2006.
MacDonald on Ray Guy Watch
List: Sophomore punter Chris MacDonald was named to the
2005 Ray Guy Award Watch List, the award given annually to the
top collegiate punter. MacDonald is one of only three sophomores
to make the list of 40 punters. Last season, MacDonald punted
64 times, averaging 43.1 yards a kick. 16 of those kicks were
downed inside the 20-yard line.
Academic Achievements: ASU's 2005 roster features seven student-
athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees:
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