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Jaelen Strong makes scouts look silly in NFL combine

Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong already found his name in enough mock drafts that calling him a first-round pick wouldn't be looney. Arguably, the majority of draft experts see him there, even though Strong's speed has been his biggest criticism. NFL.com's draft profile of Strong quoted an NFL scout who said, "He's not going to run fast, but it won't matter because any...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona State football: Three key returning players

Arizona State’s Football team is coming off an impressive 10-3 campaign in the 2014 season and lost key starters such as Taylor Kelly and Jaelen Strong. Other players will have to step up to replace the production lost by these players, and they have just the right people to do so in the 2015 season. DJ Foster The first key player is D.J. Foster the team’s starting running...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona State football impact running back recruits

Arizona State football returns its starting running back in DJ Foster for his senior season, but not as a running back. Foster is moving to a full-time spot at slot receiver as that is where NFL teams want to see him at the next level. Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage will be counted on to replace him in the back field next season, but ASU also has a number of running back recruits...
Via isportsweb.com
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

D.J. Foster will return for senior year at ASU, forgoes NFL Draft

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State do-it-all junior D.J. Foster announced at a Tuesday press conference that he will return to school for his senior season and put the finishing touches on what's already been a storybook Sun Devil career. Sitting next to ASU head coach Todd Graham and his parents, Foster said he put little weight in the projections he received as he considered entering...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU will be looking for offensive playmakers to replace Strong

TEMPE, Ariz. -- ASU head coach Todd Graham proved that he could restructure and prepare a young defensive unit that was hit hard by graduation after last year. In 2015, the Sun Devils face a similar deal on the offensive side of the ball. While the offensive line and quarterback positions will see turnover because of graduation, receiver Jaelen Strong's decision to enter the 2015...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State Wide Receiver Jaelen Strong Declares for 2015 NFL Draft

Considered by many to be a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong has decided to leave school and join the professional ranks following the team’s bowl game against Duke later this month. Strong, a 6’3″ and 215-pound pass catcher, put up 75 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. In making...
Via Sportsnaut
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils balance injury rehab with Sun Bowl prep

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State is in the midst of a balancing act of sorts. On one hand, the Sun Devils need to get healthy after the injury bug hit big at the wrong time -- before and during the rivalry game against Arizona that ended up a play-in game to the Pac-12 championship. Since the Nov. 28 loss, coach Todd Graham has rested up several dinged up starters. The Sun Devils also...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU football's Deantre Lewis leaves team before Sun Bowl

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's main motivation looking ahead to its Sun Bowl game is sending 11 seniors off with a victory, but it appears one of those players won't be getting such an opportunity. Head coach Todd Graham confirmed after practice Friday that redshirt senior running back Deantre Lewis is no longer with the team. Graham wouldn't go into detail about Lewis' departure...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State signs touted JC tight end

TEMPE, Ariz. --€“ Junior college tight end Raymond Epps of Arizona Western has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Sun Devils, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham announced Wednesday. The mid-year NLI signing period for junior college players runs from Dec. 17 through Jan. 15, while the high school seniors signing period is Feb. 4-April 1. Epps, a 6-5, 235-pound...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Strong, Randall named SI.com All-Americans

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sports Illustrated mentioning Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong and defensive back Damarious Randall on its All-American team simultaneously brought about two questions concerning the future of Sun Devil football. Strong, who earned a second-team nod from SI, could forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. There's a very real possibility he is a Day 1 selection...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU QB Wilkins sees bright future

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The debate of the bowl season may be whether Taylor Kelly or Mike Bercovici starts for Arizona State in the Sun Bowl, but there was no mistaking Monday's pecking order behind center. Freshman Manny Wilkins, who is redshirting this season, took most of the snaps at quarterback when the veteran players were given a day off in an abbreviated practice at Sun Devil Stadium...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils to face Duke in Sun Bowl

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State will face Duke in the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 27 in El Paso, Texas, the Sun Bowl announced Sunday afternoon. ASU will play in its fourth consecutive bowl game and 28th overall, including the third straight under head coach Todd Graham. It will be the Sun Devils' fifth appearance in the Sun Bowl, which is set to kick off at noon on CBS. "Our university...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong Makes Tremendous One-Handed TD Catch Against Arizona

Arizona State junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong is going to make some team very happy next season in the NFL. Yeah, it would be great to think he is going to come back next season for his senior year, but with stats he put up this season and the catches he's made plenty of teams are going to be happy to snatch him up.When they see him make one-handed catches like he does here against...
Via FatManWriting
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils complete fall from grace with rivalry loss

TUCSON, Ariz. -- As improbable as was Arizona State's rise, so too was its fall. In a matter of three weeks, the Sun Devils went from darlings in the driver's seat to duds with an also-ran finish. No. 13 ASU on Friday bookended its fall from grace with a 42-35 loss to rival and No. 11 Arizona in Tucson, a loss that gave the Wildcats their first Pac-12 South title and a second date...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong Makes One-Handed TD Catch Against Arizona

Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong is one of the best in the nation, and the junior has provided plenty of highlight-worthy catches during his two...
Via Athlon Sports
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU to break out new maroon-and-white look this weekend

Arizona State has as many cool, unique uniform looks as anyone this side of Oregon, and the Sun Devils will be going with another new combination when they host Washington State on Saturday. This weekend, ASU will be wearing its maroon jerseys and pants with white helmets. New combo from @sundevilequip this week! White / Maroon / Maroon. #BestDressedTeamInAmerica pic.twitter...
Via College Spun
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

We Learned Many Things From The Past Weekend, but Todd Graham’s Work At Arizona State Stood Out From The Crowd

There was a lot more to process from the past weekend than the emergence of some very tantalizing end-of-season hypotheticals. Yesterday, we talked about 11-1 TCU versus 11-1 Baylor. We tossed around a playoff scenario pitting the Big 12 against the SEC West. We discussed the Big Ten going up against the SEC West under a particular set of circumstances. All those hypotheticals are...
Via The Student Section
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State continues to build playoff resume

For the first time since Jake Plummer was leading Arizona State to the Rose Bowl, it seems Arizona State is going to be a viable contender in the...
Via Athlon Sports
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong stretches out for a one-handed TD catch

Take a look at this fantastic catch by Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong against Notre Dame. Two hands? Nah. ASU’s Jaelen Strong only needed one for the #NDvsASU @ishares by @blackrock Play of the Game: http://t.co/czzwJQVVyw — Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) November 9, 2014
Via The Student Section
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State Receiver Makes Crazy One-Handed Catch Vs. Notre Dame (GIF)

Jaelen Strong’s catch against No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday deserves a play-of-the-day nomination. The Arizona State wide receiver leaped to make an outstanding one-handed touchdown grab in the first quarter of the Sun Devils’ game against the Fighting Irish. Strong’s highlight reel play was set up by Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who fumbled the ball at his own...
Via NESN.com
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jaelen Strong makes amazing one-handed TD catch

Arizona State is taking it to Notre Dame in Tempe. The Sun Devils have already forced two Fighting Irish turnovers, and took a 10-3 lead after this impressive one-handed touchdown grab by star WR Jaelen Strong. The 13-yard touchdown strike came after a Notre Dame fumble deep in its own territory that Arizona State recovered. On ASU’s first play of the ensuing drive, QB Taylor...
Via College Spun
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State's rebuilt defense showing signs of improvement

Casual fans may be forgiven for assuming Arizona State is winning games just with its offense. Todd Graham’s up-tempo coaching style is...
Via Athlon Sports
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Graham Expects Taylor Kelly, Not Mike Bercovici, To Start Against Washington

Most teams would be absolutely thrilled to get a star quarterback back from injury at a crucial point in the season. Arizona State will certainly be excited if Taylor Kelly can play this weekend, but there is one issue…his back-up Mike Bercovici has been playing exceptionally well. The junior has started three games for the Sun Devils, going 2-1, and has thrown for 1,243 yards...
Via College Spun
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State players launch campaign to fight domestic violence

Arizona State football players recently began a campaign we can all get behind. The Sun Devils are doing their part to help fight domestic violence. ASU QB Taylor Kelly said it all began when his teammates began hanging pictures of women that are close to them after hearing about the Ray Rice elevator incident (via ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil). “A mom, a grandma, a sister,”...
Via The Sports Daily
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Kelly returns to ASU practice in limited capacity

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly returned to practice Thursday, dressing for the first time since injuring his right foot in a game against Colorado on Sept. 13, but remained limited. "Just bringing him back in, easing him back in a little bit," coach Todd Graham said. "We're just going to see how it goes. We're obviously preparing with both (quarterbacks),...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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