ASU's Jaelen Strong '50-50' for Saturday after concussion

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State could be without its No. 1 receiver against Washington State on Saturday after Jaelen Strong suffered a concussion in the team's loss to Oregon State. Coach Todd Graham confirmed after practice Tuesday that Strong had suffered a concussion late in ASU's 35-27 loss in Corvallis on Saturday and is currently going through concussion protocol. "It's obviously...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting report: Notre Dame at ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The stakes by now are well established for Saturday's showdown between No. 9 Arizona State and No. 10 Notre Dame -- College Football Playoff implications, national TV audience, etc. -- but what about the nitty gritty? To what will this game come down? Here's a closer look at what to expect at Sun Devil Stadium: WHAT TO WATCH ASU's sputtering offense. Over its last...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

DT Jaxon Hood not expected to play vs. Notre Dame

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said he does not expect junior starting nose tackle Jaxon Hood to play Saturday when the No. 9 Sun Devils host No. 10 Notre Dame. Speaking after Wednesday's practice, Patterson declined to give a reason for Hood's absence. "That's between him and coach," Patterson said. Coach Todd Graham is not available to the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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 success this time around...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 16, 2014  |  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 the past few seasons, it...
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 at," Graham said...
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 night...
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, and he's got to compete to play...
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 do as much...
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. Hood...
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 like to have happen...
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't be any better than today as far as the effort...
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 first and foremost...
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 name All...
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 ASU's...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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