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Graham shoulders blame for Arizona State's loss at Oregon State

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There was very little finger-pointing from Todd Graham on Monday in his assessment of ASU's stunning loss to Oregon State on Saturday night -- with one major exception. At himself. While Graham acknowledged that it was a bad night for the Sun Devils collectively -- "we beat ourselves in just about every area" -- he repeatedly put the blame on himself...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon State ends ASU's dream of College Football Playoff

For weeks, Arizona State had been playing with fire, attacking on defense more than it ever has under coach Todd Graham. Playing in the freezing temperatures of Corvallis on Saturday night, the Sun Devils finally got burned. The No. 6 Sun Devils gave up three plays of 66 yards or more in a 35-27 loss to Oregon State, a loss that seemingly ends their College Football Playoff aspirations...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sun Devils look like a magical team

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There's something magical happening in Tempe, where the Sun Devils are working on a dream season. For the second time in the span of a month, No. 14 Arizona State won on the final play of the game, this time beating No. 17 Utah 19-16 on Zane Gonzalez's field goal in overtime to maintain its lead in the Pac-12 South. Between Saturday's finish and ASU'...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sun Devils look like a magical team

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There's something magical happening in Tempe, where the Sun Devils are working on a dream season. For the second time in the span of a month, No. 14 Arizona State won on the final play of the game, this time beating No. 17 Utah 19-16 on Zane Gonzalez's field goal in overtime to maintain its lead in the Pac-12 South. Between Saturday's finish and ASU'...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Former walk-on Simone ASU's big surprise on defense

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Arizona State safeties coach Chris Ball talked to coach Todd Graham about adding Jordan Simone, Graham didn't think too much about it. Ball had coached Simone Washington State and the offer was to be a walk-on. "There wasn't a whole lot of conversation," Graham recalled. "Chris wanted him to come and his recommendation was good enough for...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
24 days ago  |  Discuss

ASU defense confident after rebound effort

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After a demoralizing loss two weeks ago to UCLA that exposed just about every one of its flaws, the Arizona State defense needed something positive to get back on track. It came in the fourth quarter Saturday at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. With ASU down 34-32 and the clock showing less than three minutes, the defense produced  its biggest series of the season and...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU safety Simone keeps disproving doubters

TEMPE, Ariz. -- During Arizona State's spring practice, safety Jordan Simone seemed to be just a placeholder -- a walk-on holding a No. 1 job until someone better came along. Even in preseason camp, observers doubted Simone would hold off competition, but three games into the season Simone has done that ... and then some. Now with a scholarship and seemingly entrenched as the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU tight ends making fewer plays but excelling in supporting roles

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There have not been many surprises through Arizona State's first two games, but tight end De'Marieya Nelson's stat line perhaps could be considered the biggest, at least on the offense side: 0 receptions, 0 carries, 0 yards. Neither Nelson nor sophomore tight end Kody Kohl has a reception this season, and the tight end has had a muted role in ASU's...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 10, 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

Graham confident in committee approach at Devil-backer

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State knew it would have plenty of holes to fill on defense this fall, but coach Todd Graham put a special priority on finding someone to replace Carl Bradford at Devil-backer, the hybrid lineman/linebacker position. Instead, he found three. Though ASU ideally would have liked one player to emerge as the starter at the crucial spot, Graham appears very confident...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU awards scholarships to five walk-ons

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State on Wednesday gave five walk-ons the signing day they never had, putting them on full scholarships. Redshirt junior safety Jordan Simone, redshirt sophomore receiver Fred Gammage, redshirt senior offensive lineman Chip Sarafin, redshirt junior linebacker Jason Franklin and redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Matthews all received scholarships in a ceremony...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU walk-on Simone hungry for starting job

TEMPE, Ariz. -- On the eve of National Signing Day in 2011, Jordan Simone remained torn. Trying to decide between a scholarship offer at lower-division Eastern Washington or a walk-on opportunity at Washington State, the defensive back turned to his father for advice. A former walk-on wide receiver at Arizona State, Ron Simone offered the push his son needed to pick up the phone...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils 'jacked' as spring practice begins

TEMPE, Ariz. -- An unusually large crowd populated the Kajikawa practice field Tuesday morning as Arizona State opened its spring practice session, reinforcing the notion that excitement around the program remains on an upward trajectory. With unprecedented financial and administrative support, ASU football is in a good place. Coach Todd Graham can't say enough how thrilled he...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU spring football: 10 players to watch

Arizona State opens its third spring practice under coach Todd Graham next week, and it will undoubtedly be the coach's most important spring yet. Graham and his staff must begin working to replace 13 starters, nine of them on the defensive side. But truthfully, only so much can be accomplished in the spring. Contact is limited, key players are often recovering from minor injuries...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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