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Football Places Eight On Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Pac-12 Team

Oct 17, 2013

CLEVLAND, OH. – Eight Arizona State University football student-athletes have been selected to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Pac-12 Team, including four on the first team, the publication announced Thursday. 

ASU’s four first-team selections are the third most behind Oregon’s six and Stanford’s five, and the Devils’ eight total selections are tied with UCLA and USC for the third most behind Oregon’s 13 and Stanford’s 11.

Sun Devil’s On Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Pac-12 Team

Marion Grice, first team, running back

Jaelen Strong, first team, wide receiver

Chris Coyle, first team, tight end

Osahon Irabor, first team, cornerback

Will Sutton, second team, defensive line

Evan Finkenberg, second team, offensive tackle

Jamil Douglas, second team, offensive guard

Chris Young, third team, linebacker

Running back Marion Grice leads the nation in both rushing touchdowns with 10 and in scoring with 15 points per game, as of Oct. 17. He has 15 touchdowns through six games this season and is on pace to break the school’s single-season scoring record. He has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and leads the nation’s running backs with five receiving touchdowns this year. As of Oct. 17, he also ranks 14th in the nation in all-purpose yards with more than 147 yards per game as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner. 

Wide receiver Jaelen Strong has amassed 678 receiving yards (113 per game) on 42 receptions (seven per game) and four touchdowns in his first six games as a Sun Devil. He has recorded five consecutive 100-yard receiving games and of his 42 receptions this season, 28 have resulted in first downs. As of Oct. 17, he ranks eighth in the nation in receiving yards, 12th in receiving yards per game and 17th in receptions per game.

Tight end Chris Coyle, who was also named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, has 13 catches for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns in six starts this season. He is averaging 17.2 yards per catch and 37.3 yards per game with a long of 45.

Cornerback Osahon Irabor is fourth on the team in tackles this season with 24 and is second on the team with 4.5 tackles for loss. He has collected two interceptions this season, including his first career interception return for a touchdown against Notre Dame. He has made 39 consecutive starts, the most in the Pac-12.

Offensive linemen Jamil Douglas and Evan Finkenberg make up the left side of an offensive line that has paved the way for an offense that has gained nearly 3,000 yards in the first six games. He is part of a unit that held USC’s top-ranked defense without a sack in the team’s 62-41 win, and the team ranks ninth in passing offense (342.2), 10th in scoring offense (44.2) and 17th in first downs offense (155).

Defensive tackle Will Sutton has posted 18 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack, and has a fumble recovery in six games this season. He collected a pair of tackles for loss and a sack in a 62-41 win over USC.

Linebacker Chris Young leads the team with 41 tackles this season, including 3.5 for loss, and has posted double-digit tackles in two games against Stanford and USC, respectively. He has led the team in tackles in three games, including 10 against both Stanford and USC, and seven in one half against Colorado.