Sun Devils facing UCLA on Senior Day

November 22, 2010

Head Coach Dennis">"... Erickson

Opening Statement:
"Obviously, [UCLA has] had an up-and-down season like us. In a lot of ways we are very similar. They are in a position where they have to win their next two games to go to a bowl game. They have a lot of talent and they are young in some areas, particularly defensively. They have done a good job of recruiting and are playing with some young players. They have some outstanding players like Rahim Moore, who we tried to recruit a few years ago. He's probably the best safety in the country. He is a heck of an athlete. Their offense is led by Johnathan Franklin. They run the football in the pistol. They have made a commitment to doing that. Their offensive front is very senior oriented. It's a football game that is big for both football teams. Having a week off, I would like to think we would come off the bye a little better than we did last time. Hopefully we are rested up. We practiced this morning because of the schedule this week. We normally give them Monday off because of classes. It's good that it's over with, that's a pretty good thing. I threatened the players that if they didn't practice hard we would do it everyday. Boy, they came out and practiced hard." Download Full Image

On Brock">">... Osweiler:
"He has had reps with the first team all week. As soon as he got healthy with the back he has taken reps with the ones. Don't put anything into it. We just let him do some things to see if he's getting better. Steven [Threet] is still the starter and that is not going to change."

"Brock [Osweiler] may play, but that depends on how it goes. We will see how Steven">">S... Threet is playing. Right now there is no plan to put him in specifically."

"Brock [Osweiler] has looked good in practice. Ever since he got back from the injury he has gotten better and better all the time. You can see he is a lot healthier and is throwing the ball a lot more accurately. He is making better decisions because he is getting turns. He had a good week of practice during the bye week."

On last home game for senior class:
"We talked about that the other day. These are always difficult games for the seniors that are playing. If you look at Saia [Falahola] and [Gerald] Munns, [Jon] Hargis, Kerry">">Kerry Taylor, [Thomas] Weber and Max">">Max Tabach, they have all contributed. It's a good group. Not a very big group but one that has contributed ever since they have been here. It's a good group and we want them to go out the right way. It's important that we all play well and let the seniors go out well in their last game at home. That's huge for us."

On leadership of Jon">">Jon Hargis:
"I could talk forever about it. You look back at his career and you can do it with a smile. The first year I was here he was a defensive tackle that played. He played quite a bit on a team that won ten games. We moved him to offense and he made that changed. We all know about the knee surgery and all that he has fought through. He is going to play in that football game on Saturday. He has earned that right. How much, I'm not sure but he certainly deserves to play. He is what Sun Devil football is about in my opinion."

On the development of Trevor">">... Hankins:
"He has come a long way. He spent a lot of time becoming better in the off-season. He has punted extremely well for us and has made a difference in the field position and what has happened the last couple years. He has punted really well for us as well as being a good holder. He walked on and earned a scholarship and has done really well."

On Kerry">">Kerry Taylor's development:
"He has really developed. You look at it now and you almost kick yourself in the rear-end for not red-shirting him. At that time we didn't have much depth and he was a polished receiver coming out of high school. Immediately he was mature enough to help us. The development in the last year as well as what we are doing offensively has really helped Kerry [Taylor]. We move him around and he fits in the slot real well. He makes plays for us and he has had a great year. The improvement from last fall to this fall is unbelievable. I commend him for that. Because through the first three years he probably didn't have the career he wanted but he has worked hard. He has improved tremendously in blocking. He has made a 360-degree turnaround in how he plays the game. I am real proud of how he plays the game."

On UCLA's passing game:
"Their passing game, a lot of times, it is seven-man protection. They keep their tight end in and have two receivers. It's hard to get to them because of that. We have to create some blitzes and some of the ones we use can go up against seven-man protection. It's not always pass-blitzes. Because of what they do, which is primarily running, we have to create some blitzes in our package that is good against what they do in the run game. We will mix it up."

On Craig">">Craig Bray:
"Craig is very smart and understands the game. He has been around a long time and he understands the system. He is not a guy that changes things a lot. He spends time on things and if he sees something he likes then he is going to add it. He is very demanding of his players and the defensive assistants. If you do something wrong, he is going to tell you how it is. He doesn't sugarcoat things. Just when you think something is good, it is not. He loves the game and has been very good for this program. He is a great motivator and we have played good defense for the most part for the four years that we have been here."

"There are times where he is satisfied, but not very often. Like all of us. That is kind of how we were raised in this business and we have been together for a long time. He expects a great performance every week. There can be areas where we play extremely well and areas where we don't play real well. Obviously, he is in charge of the whole thing. He is satisfied at times, but I have seen him unsatisfied more than satisfied. That's how I like him and that's when he is at his best. The players know what the expectations are and they are very high."

Football to finish home schedule with UCLA

November 22, 2010

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Following a four-point loss to Stanford and a one week hiatus, ASU will play its final home game of the 2010 season when it hosts the UCLA Bruins on Friday, November 26 at Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium. Arizona State held Stanford to only 17 points, but the Cardinal defense held ASU to only 268 yards of total offense in a 17-13 Stanford victory. UCLA enters the weekend with a 4-6 record, 2-5 in the Pac-10 after falling to Washington 24-7 last Thursday in Seattle. Arizona State will be going for its 250th all-time regular season victory at Sun Devil Stadium.

On the Air:
The ISP-Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU’s football games live on their 10-station radio network, including flagship station Sports 620 KTAR AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play) and former Sun Devil quarterback Jeff"> Van Raaphorst (color analyst) will call the action. The UCLA game will air on 620 AM. The game can also be heard on Sirius/XM radio.

Lights, Camera, Action:
Fox Sports Net will televise the Sun Devils match-up with the Bruins. Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis will call the action, with Rebecca Haarlow patrolling the sidelines.

Sun Devils vs. Bruins:
This will be the 27th meeting between the two schools, with UCLA holding a 16-9-1 advantage. Arizona State is 4-8 all-time against UCLA in Tempe, but won the last meeting in Sun Devil Stadium 34-9 in 2008. UCLA won the match-up last season, 23-13 at the Rose Bowl.

Senior Day:
Arizona State will say goodbye to its 13 seniors, who will be making their final appearances in Sun Devil Stadium. The 2010 seniors are: S Max">">Max Tabach, WR Brandon">">B... Smith, S Mike">">... Callaghan, P Trevor">">... Hankins, CB LeQuan">">Le... Lewis, WR Kerry">">Kerry Taylor, LB Gerald">">Ge... Munns, K Thomas">">Th... Weber, DL Saia">">Saia Falahola, TE Ryan">">Ryan Skorupka, DL Dean">">Dean DeLeone, DL Jamarr">"... Robinson and OL Jon">">Jon Hargis.

Jon">">Jon Hargis, Omar">">Omar Bolden, Thomas">">Th... Weber and Gerald">">Ge... Munns have been named the captains of the 2010 Sun Devil football team.

Next Up:
The Territorial Cup will be up for grabs as Arizona State heads to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats.

Stanford Recap:
It was a low scoring affair that saw the Sun Devils hold  13-10 lead late in the fourth quarter, but Owen Marecic’s one-yard touchdown run with 5:14 left proved to be the difference in the game, as Stanford escaped Tempe with a 17-13 win. Steven">">S... Threet ran for one score and threw for another, but the Cardinal defense got a stop when it needed it in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win. Cameron"> Marshall ran for 92-yards in the loss.

ASU vs. Stanford Notes:

• Arizona State failed to scored first for the first time in seven games. The last time their opponent scored first was at Wisconsin on September 18.

Steven">">S... Threet scored his second rushing touchdown of the season, fourth of his career.

Kerry">">Kerry Taylor recorded his 100th career reception, a touchdown in the third quarter.

Oliver">">Ol... Aaron recorded his first career sack.

Nine Academic All-PAC-10 Picks:
Nine members of the Sun Devils were honored as Academic All-Pac-10 selections, headlined by First Teamers Steven">">S... Threet and Dean">">Dean DeLeone. This is the 12th straight season that ASU has had at least one First Team selection. Joining Threet and DeLeone were honorable mention selections Grandville"> Taylor, Brandon">"... Johnson, Cameron">">C... Kastl, Mike">">Mike Marcisz, Aaron">">... Pflugrad, Colin">">Colin Parker and Thomas">">Th... Weber. Parker also earned honorable mention in 2008, while Weber earns a selection for a fourth consecutive year. He was a First Team choice in 2007, Second Team in 2008 and honorable mention last year.

The Quan:
Senior LeQuan">">Le... Lewis has come on as of late for the Sun Devils, both defensively and on special teams. Against Washington State, Lewis recorded his first career interception, picking off Cougars QB Jeff Tuel in the end zone. He also downed two WSU punts inside the 10-yard line. Against USC, Lewis etched his name into the ASU record book, returning a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown. It was the first career kick return for touchdown for Lewis, and he became the fourth Sun Devil in history to take a kick back 100-yards. He joins Terry"> Richardson (vs. Oregon, 2006), Tom">">Tom Pace (at UCLA, 2001) and Whizzer White (vs. Pepperdine, 1948) in the 100-yard KO return club.

The Tasmanian Devil:
Freshman Junior">">... Onyeali is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the ASU defensive line. With his Tasmanian Devil like spin move, Onyeali harassed Washington State QBs to the tune of three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. On the season he has made 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. His 4.5 sacks are tied for the team lead with Jamaar">">... Jarrett. Onyeali has 14 tackles on the season, and his 9.5 tackles for loss have a total of 55 yards. Onyeali was named the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against WSU. Onyeali became the first true freshman in 26 years to earn a Pac-10 weekly honor. The last one was Anthony Parker, who was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on October 20, 1984 after a game against Oregon. Parker’s son Colin is a current Sun Devil.

O’s Island:
Junior Omar">">Omar Bolden picked off a Matt Barkley pass and returned 66-yards for a touchdown against USC. It was Bolden’s seventh career interception and the second he has returned for a touchdown. His other INT return for a score was during his freshman season of 2007, a 29-yard Pick Six at Stanford in his first collegiate start. Bolden has now scored four touchdowns in his career, including two kickoff returns.

Block That Kick:
Arizona State has blocked four kicks this year, three punts and an extra point. The four blocked kicks are the most since 1996, when the Pac-10 Champion Sun Devils also blocked four kicks. That season, Brent Burnstein blocked three by himself. This season, Colin">">Colin Parker (punt), Mike">">... Callaghan (punt), Derrall"> Anderson (punt) and LeQuan">">Le... Lewis (PAT) have each blocked a kick.

Deantre The Century On:
True freshman Deantre">">D... Lewis has been a potent weapon for the Sun Devil offense this season. Lewis already has three 100-yard rushing games to his name, collecting them in consecutive weeks. This marks the first time since 2003 that an ASU running back has totaled three straight 100-yard games, and the sixth time since 1992. Against Portland State in the season opener, Lewis had 100-yards receiving on three catches. He is the first Sun Devils since George Montgomery in 1993 to collect a 100-yard receiving and rushing game in the same season. Lewis is a dangerous all-purpose threat, gaining 461 yards on the ground and 266 yards through the air. He has scored four rushing touchdowns and two receiving.

Kerry The Load:
Senior Kerry">">Kerry Taylor is turning in a standout senior season. Having already established a new career high in receptions and receiving yards, Taylor has made a team-leading 42 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns.  He has also tied his single game career high in receptions three times with six against both NAU, Wisconsin and USC. Taylor also had six receptions at Oregon State on November 1, 2008. Taylor’s previous career high for single season receptions and yardage was 27 catches for 405 yards, set in 2008. Taylor caught his 100th career pass in the game against Stanford, a touchdown strike from Steven">">S... Threet.

Three And Out:
The 2009 ASU Defense was one of the top teams in the nation to force opposing offensives into three-and-out possessions. The Sun Devils averaged 3.75 three-and-outs a game, for a total of 45 in their 12 contests. The D picked that right back up in 2010, forcing opponents into 37 three-and-outs through eight games, in the top 20 in the nation for average per game.

Push ‘em Back, Push ‘em Back:
In 2009, the Sun Devil defense routinely made tackles for loss or for no gain. The defense finished 2009 with 120 plays that went for negative or no yards, totaling 292 yards lost for the offense. The Sun Devils were a negative play machine against Washington State on October 10, recording 26 Cougar plays to go for a loss or for no gain. The defense has continued that trend in 2010. Against Stanford they forced 13 plays of negative or no gain for 18 yards in losses.

Run, Sparky, Run:
Last season, the Sun Devil rushing game totaled 24 runs of 10 yards or more, including two of 50 or more. Through nine games in 2010, ASU has already surpassed that total. There have been 40 runs of 10 yards or more this season, including Deantre Lewis’ 53-yard touchdown run against Oregon. Cameron"> Marshall owned the longest run from scrimmage in 2009, going 75-yards against Washington.

More On The Ground Game:
ASU has rushed for 16 touchdowns this season after running for 14 all of last season. Cameron"> Marshall has seven TD runs in 2010 after Dimitri">">D... Nance had six last season to lead the team. The last three Sun Devils to have seven TDs on the ground in a season were Dimitri">">D... Nance in 2007, Ryan">">Ryan Torain in 2006 and Cornell"> Canidate in 2002. Delvon">">... Flowers had 11 in 2001, the most in the past decade. A Sun Devil running back has also rushed for 100-yards four times this season (Cameron"> Marshall against Portland State and Deantre">">D... Lewis against Wisconsin, Oregon and Oregon State). ASU had a 100-yard rusher three times in 2009, twice in 2008 and six times in 2007.

Debut Devils:
In 2010, 26 student-athletes have seen their first action at Arizona State: Brice">">Brice Schwab, Aaron">">... Pflugrad, Steven">">S... Threet, Mike">">Mike Willie, Junior">">... Onyeali, Kyle"> Middlebrooks, Eddie">">Eddie Elder, Shane">">... McCullen, Max">">Max Smith, Chris Coyle, George">">George Bell, Deantre">">D... Lewis, Osahon">">O... Irabor, Brandon">"... Johnson, Alden">">Alden Darby, Lee">">Lee Adams, Evan">"... Finkenberg, Matt Tucker, Aderious"> Simmons, J.J">">J.J. Holliday, Cameron">">C... Kastl, Kody">">... Koebensky, Jarrid">">J... Bryant, Grandville"> Taylor, Chris DeArmas and R.J">">R.J. Robinson.

Broussard Honored:
Wide receivers coach Steve">"... Broussard was named to the Seattle Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team, making the squad as a kickoff returner. Broussard played for the Seahawks from 1995 to 1998 under Dennis">"... Erickson, amassing 3,900 return yards with a touchdown.

Hargis Makes It Back:
On April 17, 2010, senior offensive lineman Jon">">Jon Hargis suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during spring practice. Projected to miss the entire 2010 season, Hargis defied the odds and made his 2010 debut against the Washington State Cougars on October 30. One of the team’s four captains, Hargis returned from the injury in almost exactly six months. Following his surgery, the doctors anticipated a six-to-ninth month recovery period.

First Starts:
Twenty-one Sun Devils have made their first career ASU starts during the 2010 season: Brice">">Brice Schwab (RG), Aaron">">... Pflugrad (WR), Steven">">S... Threet (QB), Mike">">Mike Willie (WR), Colin">">Colin Parker (LB), Jamarr">"... Robinson (DE), Mike">">Mike Marcisz (RT), Jamaar">">... Jarrett (DE), Shelly">">Sh... Lyons (LB), Eddie">">Eddie Elder (S), Evan">"... Finkenberg (RG), Bo">">Bo Moos (DT), Oliver">">Ol... Aaron (LB), Deantre">">D... Lewis (RB), Kyle"> Middlebrooks (RB), Aderious"> Simmons (RT), George">">George Bell (WR), Max">">Max Tabach (S), Junior">">... Onyeali (DE), Osahon">">O... Irabor (CB) and Trevor">">Trevor Kohl (TE). In addition, Dan">">Dan Knapp made his first career start on the offensive line, lining up at left tackle. Knapp started 9 games at tight end over the past two seasons. Of those 19, three are true freshmen (Lewis, Irabor, Onyeali).

Great Start:
Quarterback Steven">">S... Threet made his first career start for ASU against Portland State, and what a debut it was. The Michigan transfer, who started eight games for the Wolverines in 2008, was 14-21 for 239 yards and two scores in just under two and a half quarters. The 239 yards was the third highest total for a Sun Devil QB making his first ASU start since 1993. Only Rudy">">... Carpenter (401) and Sam">">Sam Keller (370) threw for more, and they both played all four quarters. Threet’s QB rating of 184.17 was the second highest, second only to Carpenter’s 207.6. Threet’s 239 yards in his first career action at ASU also set a new ASU record for most passing yards by a Sun Devil QB in his first ever game action at ASU.

Career Night For Threet:
Quarterback Steven">">S... Threet had a huge game against Northern Arizona, establishing new career highs in several categories. Threet threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs. He also completed 33 passes to set a new career high. Against Oregon, Threet established a new high in attempts (50) and tied his career high with three touchdowns. His previous highs: 18-35 for 250 yards in Michigan’s loss to Illinois on October 4, 2008. His previous career high in touchdown passes was two, which he had done three times, including the season opener against Portland State. Threet again tied his career high in TD tosses against Washington State and at USC.

No Small Catch:
Wide receiver Brandon">">B... Smith caught a nine yard pass from Brock">">... Osweiler in the fourth quarter against Portland State. While it may seem insignificant at first glance, it was anything but. It was Smith’s first catch since October 25, 2008, a span of 17 games between receptions. During that time, he suffered a major knee injury, was granted a medical redshirt and graduated from Arizona State. After playing in 11 games in 2006, Smith appeared in just one from 2007 to 2009.

Senior Class:
ASU has just 13 seniors on its roster this year, its fewest since the 1985 squad had just 10, which was the year prior to ASU winning the Pac-10 title and the Rose Bowl. ASU’s 2007 Pac-10 title team had 27 seniors, while its 1996 undefeated regular season and Pac-10 title squad had 22. The 1986 Pac-10 and Rose Bowl champion team had 18. The 2010 and 1985 Sun Devils are the only ASU teams to have a dozen or fewer seniors in the past 35 seasons (1976-2010). How odd is it to only have 13 seniors? Digest this...the St. John’s BASKETBALL team is scheduled to have nine this year. The 13 is the smallest senior class in the Pac-10.

Racking Up Yards:
The Sun Devils ran for 242 yards in the season opener against Portland State, the most rushing yards since October 13, 2007 against Washington, when ASU, led by Ryan">">Ryan Torain, ran for 296 yards. ASU collected 210 yards on the ground against Oregon. The last time the Sun Devils rushed for over 200 yards in two games or more in a season was 2007, when they did it three times. They did it once last year (at Washington State), but did not do it in 2008.

Weber Looks to Cemenet His Legacy:
Kicker Thomas">">Th... Weber looks to cement his legacy in the ASU record books during his senior season. Weber has been stellar throughout his Sun Devil career, connecting on 61-80 (76%) field goal attempts.

The winner of the 2007 Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker, a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and a First-Team All-Pac-10 honoree, Weber set numerous Sun Devil records in his first college season, inlcuding a record streak of 17 made field goal attempts to begin the year (also a nation-leading streak for the season) and a nation-high accuracy rating.

Weber has scored 311 points in his ASU career, fourth most in school history. He is second place all-time in school history for made field goals, passing Jesse Ainsworth with his 52-yarder against Portland State.

Hall of Fame:
Pat">">Pat Tillman has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Hall’s Class of 2010. Tillman now joins former Sun Devil coaches Dan">">Dan Devine, Frank Kush and John Cooper and student-athletes defensive back Mike">">Mike Haynes, wide receiver John">">... Jefferson, offensive lineman Randall McDaniel, linebacker Ron Pritchard and quarterback Danny White as representatives of Arizona State University in the College Football Hall of Fame.  In all, ASU has nine former football coaches or student-athletes in the College Football Hall of Fame.


Roster Files:
The Sun Devil roster boasts players from 16 different states, ranging from Oregon to Florida. There are 49 Sun Devils who come from California, followed by 37 who stayed at home in Arizona. There are three from Florida, Texas, Nevada and Colorado, two from Oregon and one each from Connecticut, Utah, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New Jersey and Michigan.


Defensive Coordinator Craig">">Craig Bray and Offensive Coordinator Noel">">Noel Mazzone boast a combined 67 years of both college and pro coaching experience, the fifth most experienced coaching duo in the nation.