Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

March 14, 2008

Pat Tillman, an ASU Hero, on College Hall of Fame Ballot

Filed under: Football,History — Matt Sawyer @ 9:09 am
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The Associated Press reported, “The late Pat Tillman, a former Arizona State linebacker who gave up a professional football career to join the military, is among 19 players up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time this year.”

This is quite an honor for the local hero.  Tillman’s Sun Devils career was one of heart.  The undersized linebacker was a beast on defense and lead the Devils to the Rose Bowl in 1997.     

I’m sure we have all heard the story by now about Pat turning down NFL money to enlist in the Army.  From all the stories I’ve heard about this man, there is no one more fitting to be a Hall of Famer.  Watching him play was a treat for all Sun Devil Fans.  He is one former Sun Devil athlete that will never be forgotten.



March 11, 2008

Excitement In The Air

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 8:58 am
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Maybe its just because the basketball season is starting to come to an end, but I can’t wait for college football!  I’ve never been so excited for a season to start up.  This year has so much promise and yet plenty of uncertainty. 

It also might have something to do with getting season tickets with a group of friends.  The tailgate party can’t start soon enough! 

Thirdly, I can’t wait to see the home opener against NAU.  I love watching the Devils beat up on weaker opponents.  Plus, that gets us a week closer to the match-up against #1 Georgia.  I already feel the tension rising. 

Anyone else jacked up for football?

February 27, 2008

Let Me Know if You Need Help Recruiting

There are some big time names circulating around the Sun Devils in both Basketball and Football.  

In basketball…Renardo Sidney, the #1 PF in the nation for the class of 2009,  Jeremy Tyler, a five star center prospect for the class of 2010

In football…Corey Adams and Devon Kennard are two highly regarded defensive linemen from in-town, Justin Chaisson is another top defensive lineman from Nevada

Recruiting seems simple to me…bring them to campus…how can they say no?

 ASU Coeds

February 26, 2008

Devils in the 2008 NFL Combine

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 2:54 pm
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ASU Players – Height, Weight, 40-Yard Dash Times, Draft Prediction 

Josh Barrett – 6’2″, 225 lbs, 4.35 speed, #9 Safety, Late First Day/Early Second Day

Mike Pollack – 6’3″, 299 lbs, 5.05 speed, #1 Center (11th OL), Mid to Late First Day  

Ryan Torain – 6’0″, 213 lbs, 4.64 speed, #23 RB, Late Second Day

February 13, 2008

Future Non-Conference Schedule

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 1:43 pm
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I love these big time opponents we are scheduling with.  These are the games fans want to see.  Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Norte Dame, and Illinois are the teams help pack the stadium and gives us some recognition. 

2008: Northern Arizona, UNLV, Georgia.

2009: Idaho State, BYU, at Georgia.

2010: TBD, San Jose State, at Wisconsin.

2011: Utah State, at BYU, Illinois.

2012: TBD, at Illinois, Wisconsin.

2013: TBD, TBD, Norte Dame (in Dallas) 

2014: TBD, TBD, Notre Dame.

2015: TBD, TBD, at LSU.

2016: TBD, TBD, LSU.

2017: TBD, TBD, at Notre Dame.

2018: TBD, TBD, Colorado.

February 12, 2008

Players to Watch in ’08

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 9:05 am

Oliver Aaron – LB – Kept 4.4 speed and added 25 lbs.

Rudy Carpenter – QB – Career: 3,202 yards, 63 touchdowns.

Keegan Herring – RB – rushed for 815 yards and five scores last season.  Look out for Ryan Bass, if he can get eligible.

WR position  – Behind Chris McGaha, who led the Sun Devils in receptions, someone needs to step up.  Michael Jones and Kyle Williams will have their names called to battle for the #2 slot. 

Safety – Troy Nolan has one side locked down, but who will he be playing next to?  It looks like Max Tabach will be given the first look.

February 8, 2008

Getting An Early Start On 2009

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 2:37 pm

Erickson was at it again the other day.  Offering out sholarships to some big time 2009 prospects. 

To name a few:

Devon Kennard, Justin Chaisson, Corey Adams, and Vontaze Burfict

Any others we should go get?

February 7, 2008

Stoop-id Opens His Mouth Again

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 9:33 am

Stoops: ASU has “turned into a JC and we are a four-year college”

I want to know where he is getting his information to back such a ludicrous statement like that.  All the universities in Arizona (ASU, NAU, and U of A) are under the same admission standards.  I understand that he’s pissed off about losing three good prospects to ASU, but now he looks like an ass and doesn’t have the recruits.  I guess its great to be on the Devils side of this one.

February 6, 2008

Keep Em Coming!

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 11:26 am

Defensive end Jarrett switches to ASU!

Just icing on the cake.  Adding another big time recruit at the last minute just like last year.  Gotta love it. 

What’s the chance of anyone else jumping on board?

February 4, 2008

List of Verbal Commits Class of 2008

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 4:24 pm
Player Position Height Weight School/Hometown
Jarrell Barbour WR/DB 6-3 190 Centennial
Ryan Bass RB 5-10 190 Corona, CA
Kemonte Bateman WR 6-1 176 Los Angeles, CA
Allante Battle*** WR/DB 5-9 165 Desert Vista HS
Deveron Carr DB 6-0 185 Chaparral HS
Terell Carr* DB 5-9 170 Pasadena CC, CA
Jack Elway QB 6-3 200 Englewood, CO
Steven Figueroa TE 6-5 225 Desert Vista HS
Clint Floyd WR 6-0 180 Los Angeles, CA
Spencer Gasu DT 6-2 295 Santa Ana College (CA)
Eugene Germany DL 6-4 270 Mt. San Antonio College (Calif.)
Lawrence Guy DT 6-5 270 Las Vegas, NV
Patrick Jamison OL 6-5 285 Hamilton HS
Keelan Johnson RB/S 6-0 200 Mesa HS
Kyle Johnson OL 6-7 287 Norco, CA
Otis Jones DT 6-2 275 Lawndale, CA
Josh Jordan DB 5-10 170 Las Vegas, NV
Shelly Lyons LB 6-2 225 Corona, CA
Brandon Magee LB 6-0 230 Corona, CA
Tom Njunge* OL 6-4 280 Pasadena CC, CA
A.J. Pickens WR/CB 5-10 175 Chino, CA
Gerell Robinson WR 6-4 210 Hamilton HS
Andrew Sampson OL 6-5 280 Aurora, CO
Zach Schlink OL 6-4 300 Centennial HS
Max Tabach* S 6-2 205 Glendale CC
Zeb Togiai DL 6-3 260 Desert Vista HS
Toa Tuitea TE/DE 6-4 250 Westminster, CA
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