TEMPE, Ariz. -- There was a lot to look for in Arizona State's season opener against Northern Arizona on Thursday night, but by the time ASU walked off the field with a 63-6 win, it was hard not to notice just how much the team's youth played a part in the victory.
The Sun Devils played seven true freshmen in Thursday's game, including two starters, and for will continue to see significant contributions from the talented young group.
"We feel like with where we're at we had to play those guys," coach Todd Graham said. "Five years from now it'll look like a dumb decision, but we just don't have the depth. We have to. It's a very unusual situation as far as our depth. And we also have some unusually talented guys."
So between depth issues and promising talent of first-year players like running back D.J. Foster and receiver Richard Smith, it is clear Graham is comfortable playing his youngsters.
While Foster and nose tackle Jaxon Hood became the fifth and sixth true freshman ever ...