ASU hopes to learn from previous failings against Stanford

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When asked earlier this week about Arizona State's two losses to Stanford last season, coach Todd Graham replied playfully. "Well, I've been trying to forget about them, but you just brought it up," Graham joked. Though he made light of the moment, Graham certainly knows the Sun Devils' previous failures against Stanford provide a road map to...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

ASU-UCLA matchup may eclipse Territorial Cup in significance

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Let's be clear from the start: For Arizona State, no rivalry comes close to the one it was with Arizona. But there's an opponent moving in on -- or already taken -- Arizona's place as the most important team on ASU's schedule. That's right: It's UCLA, which ASU hosts Thursday in what could be the next chapter of a budding rivalry. Based on...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

After further review Graham gives defense high marks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It is difficult to grade a team's play in the moments after a game. It often takes a second look at the film to truly gauge performance. After a second look at Arizona State's defense in its season opener against Weber State, coach Todd Graham was encouraged. "When I just went back and looked at the first half, I feel really good about where we're...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Sun Devils eager for first test

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State lost most of its starting defense, including two players now in the NFL. The young Sun Devils taking their places have some talent and looked good in fall camp, but now it's time to see what they can do under the pressure of a real game. Even their coach is anxious to see how they respond when 19th-ranked Arizona State opens its season Thursday...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety Ball close to being cleared for game action

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State safety Marcus Ball practiced Tuesday without restrictions for the first time since injuring his shoulder in a preseason scrimmage just over a year ago, and ASU says he is "close to being cleared" for games. "We think he's ready to go," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "He needs to get in shape, he needs to knock the rust off,...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils wrap up at Tontozona, shift focus to season opener

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. -- Arizona State wrapped up its annual training camp trip to Camp Tontozona on Saturday, only this year the team didn't hold a scrimmage as it typically does. With concern over the condition of the field after rain Friday, the Sun Devils opted to hold a more standard practice with extra 11-on-11 action for the 5, 200 fans in attendance. "We tried to...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaxon Hood reports for camp after absence

CAMP TONTOZONA, Ariz. -- Arizona State junior defensive tackle Jaxon Hood reported to camp Thursday after missing 12 days to deal with personal issues. Hood, ASU's most experienced defensive player, joined the team for its morning practice at Camp Tontozona but mostly did conditioning work as he gets in shape and goes through the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimatization period...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson's value to offense could scuttle Devil-backer plans

TEMPE, Ariz. -- De'Marieya Nelson's move to defense has been the talk of camp so far for Arizona State, and on Saturday coach Todd Graham said the move was unlike anything he's ever tried. On Monday, though, Graham seemed to back off the move, suggesting Nelson may not play as much at the hybrid Devil-backer position as previously planned. "Ideally, what we would...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Experienced Carrington helps solidify ASU defense

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been well documented Arizona State must replace nine starters from the defense that helped it win the Pac-12 South last season. But if you ask coach Todd Graham, the number is more like eight, at the most. Graham said he sees cornerback Lloyd Carrington like a returning starter after the third-year Sun Devil competed for a starting spot last season and logged...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils have 'best first day' of Graham's 3 years

Arizona State football coach Todd Graham said Friday morning's first practice of fall camp for veterans was the "best first day" in his three seasons in Tempe. "That's the best first day that we've had in any fall camp since I've been here," Graham said. "We had the best effort, the best focus; a very, very exciting first day. We couldn'...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 20 Arizona State Sun Devils season preview

Last season, the Arizona State Sun Devils ran through their Pac-12 competition on the way to a 10-4 record behind the 2013 Pac-12 coach of the year, Todd Graham. This year, Arizona State will have to lean on their offense where they return eight starters and hope that their defense, which returns just three starters, can fill the void left by some key players a season ago.  At...
Via College Football Universe
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU still working to keep in-state recruits in state

Todd Graham made it priority No. 1 in recruiting to keep Arizona's best talents in state So far, the results are mixed. ASU landed a few of the state's top players in the past three recruiting classes but it's clear the programs still has significant strides to make in recruiting Arizona, and Graham isn't afraid to admit it. "I want to get the best and the brightest...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils have huge need for impact defenders in 2014

For the past two seasons, Arizona State's defense has thrived in the Pac-12 behind an impressive contingent of impact players. Come next season, those players will be gone. After losing six All-Pac-12 defenders to graduation and early NFL entry, ASU needs new defensive stars to step up in 2014. Try to identify ASU's top five impact defensemen in 2013 and you'll certainly...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Departure of 8 starters creates big holes on Sun Devils' defense

Second in a two-part look at the players Arizona State loses from the 2013 team and how it might  replace them. Part I examining the offense ran Monday. In two years under coach Todd Graham, Arizona State has become one of the Pac-12's defensive powers, finishing second in total defense in 2012 and fourth in 2013. As much as Graham's attacking philosophy is responsible for...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU not overlooking Oregon State as South title beckons

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For 12 weeks now, No. 21 Arizona State has been charging relentlessly toward its goal of earning a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. This week, the Sun Devils are knocking on the door. Hosting Oregon State, ASU has a chance to match its win total from last season while setting up the opportunity to clinch the Pac-12 South next week and secure a spot in the conference...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Hood fired up for full return vs. Washington

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State might be playing it's most important game yet against Washington on Saturday, and defensive tackle Jaxon Hood couldn't be more excited about making his legitimate return after dealing with a hamstring strain. "The lights aren't going to be on, but the sun's going to be out, and we're going to come to play," Hood said. ...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hood fired up for full return vs. Washington

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State might be playing it's most important game yet against Washington on Saturday, and defensive tackle Jaxon Hood couldn't be more excited about making his legitimate return after dealing with a hamstring strain. "The lights aren't going to be on, but the sun's going to be out, and we're going to come to play," Hood said. ...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Sun Devils must stay fired up to avoid late-season letdown

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State might have survived its brutal first half schedule in good position to challenge for a Pac-12 title, but that doesn't mean things are getting any easier. At the halfway mark, coach Todd Graham says the Sun Devils must be more motivated than ever to finish strong and remain in the Pac-12 race. "At this point in the year we ought to be extremely...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado making strikes under new coach MacIntyre

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Asked about the challenge 2-2 Colorado presents this Saturday, Arizona State coach Todd Graham was quick to recall the last season's contest between the two teams in Boulder. "I don't know if you remember the Colorado game last year," Graham said. "It was a little stressful at halftime. I remember it." For those who have forgotten, ASU...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Graham: ASU moves on with no margin for error

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As disappointing as Saturday's loss to Notre Dame was, Arizona State has not lost sight of its true goal of winning the Pac-12 South and playing for a Rose Bowl berth. ASU coach Todd Graham stressed Monday that there is now little room for error in that pursuit. "I think our guys know that we can win this thing, but to do it, it's a single-elimination...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

ASU notes: Fixes in works for struggling run defense

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As he had the previous two weeks, Arizona State coach Todd Graham preached run defense ahead of ASU's game against USC on Saturday. Like the previous two opponents, the Trojans ran all over the Sun Devils, though ASU still won in a 62-41 rout. ASU's run defense, the primary focus of offseason improvement, remains a major concern and now ranks second to last...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

ASU gets early 'must-win' against desperate USC

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In its Pac-12 opener against Stanford last Saturday, Arizona State got a reality check. The Sun Devils weren't ready to compete with the defending conference and Rose Bowl champions. This week is different. With Pac-12 South foe USC in town, the stakes are higher for ASU than they have been so far this season, and unlike last week, the Sun Devils are expected...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Injuries force 3 Sun Devil defenders to the sidelines

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State has lost two, possibly three, defensive players for the season due to injuries, coach Todd Graham announced Tuesday. Graham said senior defensive lineman Junior Onyeali and freshman linebacker Chans Cox will miss the rest of the season with shoulder injuries, while freshman linebacker Alani Latu is likely to miss the rest of the year with a "a...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Special-teams woes torment Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State had plenty of issues in its 42-28 loss to No. 5 Stanford over the weekend, but none more apparent than special teams. "We made a lot of errors in special teams," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "Special teams was the glaring deal." The special teams disaster got rolling on the first play of the day as the kickoff cover team broke down...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Stanford shows ASU there's much work to do

All week, Arizona State talked about wanting to mold an identity like Stanford's, making this week's opponent a model for sustained success. By posting 29 points and pitching out a shutout in the first half, the fifth-ranked Cardinals quickly showed the Sun Devils that they have a long way to go and went on to a 42-28 win despite ASU's second-half rally. "The...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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