Arizona State 2010 Football Preview


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Team Quick Facts


2009 Overall Record:


2009 Pac-10 record/Finish:


Starters Returning/Lost:


Offensive Starters Returning/Lost:


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Starting Kickers Returning/Lost:


First year of Football:


All-Time Record:


All-Time Pac-10 Record:


National Championships:

2 (1970, 1975)



Montana State, 1970

Fourth Year at Arizona State

Record at Arizona State: 19-18 (.514), 3 years

Overall career record: 167-83 (.667), 21 years


Coaching Experience


Head Coach, Arizona State, 2007-present

Head Coach, University of Idaho, 2006

Head Coach, SF 49ers (NFL), 2003-05

Head Coach, Oregon State University, 1999-02

Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks (NFL), 1995-98

Head Coach, University of Miami (Fla.), 1989-94

Head Coach, Washington State University, 1987-88

Head Coach, University of Wyoming, 1986

Head Coach, University of Idaho, 1982-85






Arizona State returns the fewest starters of any Pac-10 team with just three returnees on each side of the ball. The Sun Devil offense has struggled the last couple of years, so enter new coordinator Noel Mazzone who finds himself with a unit with plenty of open jobs. First and foremost is starting quarterback, where Michigan transfer Steven Threet will compete with Brock Osweiler, plus returnee Samson Szakacsy, if he can come back from an elbow problem. A key to success will be the development of the offensive line.




Last season Arizona State led the Pac-10 in rushing defense, pass defense and total defense and ranked second in scoring defense. The Sun Devils were the only team in the league to limit

opponents to fewer than 300 yards per game (297.6). Seven starters need to be replaced, but there are enough talented returnees to indicate that the ASU defense should be solid again. The defensive line, anchored by DTs Lawrence Guy and Saia Falahola, is a team strength, and the middle is patrolled by MLB Vontaze Burfict, last season's Pac-10 defensive freshman of the year and a freshman All-America selection. The secondary needs to be rebuilt but is aided by the return of CB Omar Bolden from a knee injury.



The Schedule:

The road looks like a perilous place for Arizona State with a non-conference game at Wisconsin and Pac-10 trips to Oregon State, Washington, California, USC and Arizona.



2009 Results

Result Score Opponent
W 50-3 Idaho State
W 38-14 Louisiana-Monroe
L 17-20 at Georgia
L 17-28 Oregon State
W 27-14 at Washington State
W 24-17 Washington
L 14-33 at Stanford
L 21-23 California
L 9-14 USC
L 21-44 at Oregon
L 13-23 at UCLA
L 17-20 Arizona


2010 Schedule


Date Location Series
Sept. 4 Portland State First meeting
Sept. 11 Northern Arizona Arizona State leads, 19-14-4
Sept. 18 at Wisconsin Arizona State leads, 2-0-0
Sept. 25 Oregon Arizona State leads, 16-14-0
Oct. 2 at Oregon State Arizona State leads, 24-11-1
Oct. 9 at Washington Washington leads, 15-14-0
Oct. 23 at California California leads, 15-14-0
Oct. 30 Washington State Arizona State leads, 22-12-2
Nov. 6 at USC USC leads, 17-9-0
Nov. 13 Stanford Arizona State leads, 16-10-0
Nov. 26 UCLA UCLA leads, 16-9-1
Dec. 2 at Arizona Arizona leads, 46-36-1



Pos Name Year Height Weight
MLB Vontaze Burfict So. 6-3 245
DT Lawrence Guy Jr. 6-5 300
P Trevor Hankins Sr. 6-3 229
DT Saia Falahola Sr. 6-1 300
DE James Brooks Jr. 6-5 280
CB Omar Bolden Jr. 5-10 195


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