Sep 15

Volleyball returns home this week for the Residence Inn Invite. If you can’t make it to Wells Fargo Arena, catch all of the action with the links below!

Friday
Volleyball vs. Colorado State 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Saturday
Volleyball vs. NCCU 12 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Volleyball vs. Pepperdine 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Former Arizona State University defensive linemen Junior Ah You and Dan Saleaumua have been named finalists for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

The hall of fame’s selection committee will meet again in the coming weeks to select the six members (five players and one coach/contributor) who will be inducted as the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

“Over the past several weeks the Selection Committee has been deliberating over the 2015 Finalists,” said Dick Tomey. “Each year, the task of selecting Polynesia’s great players, coaches and contributors is a major challenge because there are so many worthy candidates.”

Last year, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrined legends Junior Seau, Kevin Mawae, Kurt Gouveia, Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, Herman Wedemeyer,Olin Kreutz and Ken Niumatalolo as the Inaugural Class.

This year’s inductees will be announced on October 8, 2014. They will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, to be held on January 23 & 24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. For more information you can visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

Junior Ah You

Defensive End/1969-71

Ah You was named co-outstanding player in the Sun Devils’ 1970 Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina and outstanding defensive player in the 1971 victory over Florida State in the Inaugural Fiesta Bowl. Ah You was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection at defensive end, and in 1971 he was selected to United Press International’s second-team All-American. Following his Sun Devil playing days, he went on to a distinguished Canadian Football League career. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1984.

Dan Saleaumua

Defensive Line/1983-86

Saleaumua was a four-year defensive lineman for the Sun Devils and a starting defensive tackle on ASU’s 1986 Rose Bowl Championship team. He helped shut Michigan out in the second half and held the nation’s top-rated passer, Jim Harbaugh, to just 13 completions and under 180 yards. A three-year starter, Saleaumua also helped the Devils to an 8-4 record in the 1985 and a berth in the Holiday Bowl. 

Sep 14

September is another chance for our staff to be on the road recruiting.  We’ve spent the last two weeks criss crossing the country visiting schools to talk with and observing future Devils.  It’s more challenging in September with our team in classes and doing individual skill.  We keep one eye here in Tempe and the other on the future!

And we are counting down to our first official team practice in October when we can bring the team together 20 hours a week.  Right now we are in individual skill with groups of four.  Next week we can pull the team together for two hours a week and then in October we begin regular practice.  We hope you can join us in Weatherup on October 11th for an open practice.

Good luck to our own James Harden and the USA Basketball Team in the Championship Game of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday.

Last, our conference schedule will be released next week so check our home page on www.thesundevils.com regularly for our schedule and information on our team.

Go Devils!!

Herb
@HerbSendek

Sep 13

Winning on the road isn’t easy in college football.

Winning on the road in your conference is even harder.

When Todd Graham took over the Sun Devil program in December of 2011, ASU had was in a stretch of going 5-13 in its past four seasons in Pac-10 road games.

Under Graham, ASU has dropped three letters. It has gone from road woes to road Ws.

Take a look at the overall and Pac-12 road records for each of the Sun Devil head coaches who started their Sun Devil duties while in Pac-10/12 play.

COACH GRAHAM ROAD TOTALS (8-4 OVERALL/7-3 PAC-12)
2014: 2-0 (1-0)
2013: 3-1 (3-1)
2012: 3-3 (3-2)

DENNIS ERICKSON ROAD TOTALS (8-17/8-14)
2011: 1-4 (1-3)
2010: 2-4 (2-3)
2009: 1-4 (1-3)
2008: 1-4 (1-4)
2007: 3-1 (3-1)

DIRK KOETTER ROAD TOTALS (11-20/7-18)
2006: 3-3 (2-3)
2005: 2-2 (2-2)
2004: 2-3 (1-3)
2003: 1-5 (0-4)
2002: 3-3 (2-2)
2001: 0-4 (0-4)

BRUCE SNYDER ROAD TOTALS (21-23/ 18-18)
2000: 3-2 (2-2)
1999: 2-3 (2-2)
1998: 1-4 (1-3)
1997: 4-1 (3-1)
1996: 4-0 (4-0)
1995: 2-3 (2-2)
1994: 1-4 (0-4)
1993: 2-3 (2-2)
1992: 2-3 (2-2)
 
LARRY MARMIE ROAD TOTALS (7-9-1/ 6-7-1)
1991: 3-2 (2-2)
1990: 1-3 (1-2)
1989: 1-1-1 (1-1-1)
1988: 2-3 (2-2)
 
JOHN COOPER ROAD TOTALS (7-5/ 6-4)
1987: 2-2 (1-2)
1986: 3-1 (3-1)
1985: 2-2 (2-1)
 
DARRYL ROGERS ROAD TOTALS (9-9-1/ 8-8-1)
1984: 2-1 (2-1)
1983: 1-1-1 (1-1-1)
1982: 3-1 (2-1)
1981: 2-2 (2-2)
1980: 1-4 (1-3)

Sep 11

Will Sutton (Chicago Bears): Sutton and the Bears took on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and ended up walking away with their first loss of the season. Sutton is currently second on the depth chart at DT and looks to make an impact in the playing time he gets. On Sunday, he played a few snaps when players needed some rest. During his playing time in his first professional NFL game, he recorded one tackle (solo) making it his first professional tackle. Look for Sutton to compete for playing time as the season goes on for the Bears.

Weekly Notables:
 First NFL tackle

Vontaze Burfict (Cincinnati Bengals): Burfict picked up from where he left off last season early and often during Sunday’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Burfict had four tackles, including a tackle for loss, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. He looked to be in midseason form early in the game. After his last recorded tackle in the second quarter, he had trouble getting up off the turf and had to be helped to the sideline with an undisclosed injury. Burfict had a hamstring injury during the preseason that proved to be minor. No word on what the injury is at this time.

Weekly Notables:
 Four tackles, one TFL, one pass deflection, forced and recovered fumble

Davon Coleman (Dallas Cowboys): Coleman made his NFL debut with the Cowboys on Sunday during a losing effort against the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman had some significant playing time during the second and third quarters at varying linebacker positions. He recorded his first NFL tackle during the second quarter, taking down running back Frank Gore. He would end the day with two tackles, both solo. Coleman looks to be getting some playing time on an ailing Dallas defense.

Weekly Notables:
 Two tackles

Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens): Suggs was a bright spot for a Ravens club that does not have many as of late. He stepped up and helped lead the defense as he has during years past. Suggs would end the day with five total tackles, two of them coming solo. One of his tackles was stuffing a no-huddle run play for -3 yards. His first and most likely not last, tackle for loss on the season. Suggs looks to lead the defense and defensive line for the Ravens this year and is headed for another impressive season.

Weekly Notables:
 Five tackles, two solo, one TFL

Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks): Miller and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the NFL season on Thursday with a bang. Miller played a key role in the victory over the Green Bay Packers. He was second on the team in receptions with three. He had 42 receiving yards including a deep pass down the middle of the defense for 24 yards. Miller is still the first-string tight end in Seattle and will look to make the most of his season. If Thursday’s game was any indication, Miller will have a long season.

Weekly Notables:Three receptions for 42 yards on four targets 

Derek Hagan (Tennessee Titans): Hagan started his first year with the Titans on Sunday. The seasoned receiver saw a lot of time on special teams, including starting off the game with a tackle on the return. Hagan saw some looks on offense as a slot receiver, which paid off in the fourth quarter as he got his first reception of the season for nine yards. It is looking like he will play a lot of special teams for the Titans this year and see some looks at receiver in the spread offense. Look for him to make some key receptions at the end of games, the kind that ASU fans know all too well.

Weekly Notables: One reception for nine yards 

Paul Fanaika (Arizona Cardinals): After an impressive camp, Fanaika got the start on the offensive line for the Cardinals on Monday Night Football. The offensive line held up relatively well and helped Carson Palmer throw for more than 400 yards. Fanaika played a key role in blocking for rookie John Brown’s first touchdown reception of his career as he was 10 yards down the field setting the block for a successful screen play.

DNP/No Stats Available:

Mike Pollak (Bengals), Omar Bolden (Broncos), Brock Osweiler (Broncos), Robert Nelson (Browns), Lawrence Guy (Chargers), Carl Bradford (Packers), Shawn Lauvao (Washington)

Sep 10

If you’re a member of #SunDevilNation, but can’t make the trek to Boulder, Colo., this weekend, then we have you covered. Whether you’re living right here in the valley, or in New York City or Colorado Springs, Colo., check out our viewing guide for where to watch the game or check out the ASU Alumni Association’s game watching locations map at http://alumni.asu.edu/events/game-watching. #GoDevils

Friday Night in Colorado

Official Sun Devil Football Away Game Viewing Party

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1041

Specials: $3.50 Coors Light specials as well as our pint of the day: $4.50 Leinenkuegels Shandy

Plus Sun Devil trivia, ASU contests and giveaways, and more

Arizona

Majerle’s Sports Grill
102 West Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Las Vegas

Buffalo Wild Wings
4280 S. Hualapi Way #108
Las Vegas, NV 89147

Colorado

Fox and Hound Bar & Grill

3101 New Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80922 

Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205 

Rueben’s Burger Bistro
1800 Broadway #150
Boulder, CO
(Corner of Broadway and Walnut)

Texas

Gibson Bar
1109 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

The Phoenix on Westheimer
1915 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098

Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
12651 Vance Jackson Road #110
San Antonio, TX 78230

Milwaukee

Catch 22 Bar & Grill
770 North Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Minneapolis

Lyon’s Pub
16 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Chicago

The Cubby Bear

1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613 

Pennsylvania

Rockefeller’s Grille
1833 McKees Rocks Road
McKees Rocks, PA

Rock Bottom
171 Bridge St.
Homestead, PA

New Mexico

Kellys Brew Pub
3222 Central Avenue Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Utah

Buffalo Wild Wings
985 E Fort Union Blvd
Midvale, UT 84047

Seattle

Olde 99
7305 Aurora Ave. N, Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103 

Portland

Macadam’s Bar & Grill
5833 Southwest Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

Southern California

American Junkie in Hermosa Beach
68 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA

Grand Avenue Bar and Grill
752 Grand Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

The Local Pacific Beach

809 Thomas Ave

San Diego, CA 92109

The Local
1065 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Barney’s Beanery in Burbank
250 N. 1st St.
Burbank, CA

The Parlor in Hollywood
7250 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Wayward Captain Watersports
2406 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Northern California

Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Tope
1326 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

Firehouse No. 37
250 Market Place
San Ramon, CA 94583

Firestone Public House
1132 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Georgia

Hudson Grille
4046 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30319

New York

Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Virginia

Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202

Sep 09

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An average of 62,689 watched us play eight games between the Buttes in 2013
501,509 helped us fill Sun Devil Stadium through December
Our students’ voice grew louder as “The Inferno” became the largest in the Pac-12

#SunDevilNation has never been stronger and with our community’s continued support, our program will maintain its momentum.

As part of the season-long celebration of the best fans in college football, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in building our program. 

Congratulations to this game’s Sun Devil Football Legacy Supporter, Brian Smith.

Check back with Pitchfork Posts all season long to learn about all 12 of our Football Legacy Supporters.

Describe your favorite Sun Devil Football road game trip

I have taken several trips since 1982, but my absolute favorite was the 56-14 beat down we gave that Team Down South (I can’t say the name) in 1996 that capped off our undefeated regular season.  About 50 of us took over the lobby bar at our hotel and our victory cigars filled up the room. It was fabulous!!!

What you are most looking forward to in regards to the new stadium

I am looking forward to the new comforts that a new stadium brings, as well as the new forms of revenue that we can pursue as a program to keep us in top contention with the other major schools across the country.

What do you like most about game day?

At the end of the day, it’s about getting together with your friends and family, and enjoying a great weekend of food, fun and football. We have some of the best tailgates around and we always do it first class.  Win or lose, it’s the friendships and camaraderie that’s important.

What is your favorite uniform combination?

I am a traditionalist and enjoy the maroon and gold combinations the best. However, I really like the white, black and white combo we wore in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl when we beat Navy! 

What is your favorite Sun Devil Athletics memory?

I have a few too many, but let me say that the 1991 game against you know who (Team Down South) when we ended the streak ranks right up there (ASU went nine years without a win against that team from 1982-90). We even ran a fake punt late in the game when the game was well in hand just to run up the score!  I loved it!!!!

Sep 08

Foster’s career day

Junior running back D.J. Foster’s 216 rushing yards is the most by a running back in the Pac-12 this year and he is the only back to surpass the 200-yard mark in the conference in 2014. His 216 rushing yards against New Mexico is the eighth-most single-game rushing total in the nation this year. 

Foster became the first Sun Devil player to rush for more than 200 yards since Delvon Flowers had 226 against Oregon State in 2001. Foster’s 216 rushing yards is tied for the ninth highest single-game total in ASU history.

Foster also caught three passes for 54 yards and finished the game with 270 all-purpose yards, the fifth-most total in a single game nationally this year.

Here’s the updated list of top-15 players with a reception in consecutive games played – active streaks only. 

    Player                       School            Games              

1) Matt Miller              Boise State        41

2) Dominic Rufran      Wyoming           39

3) Justin Hardy            East Carolina     38

T4) Tyler Lockett        Kansas State      31

T4) Rashad Greene    Florida State     31

T6) Jordan Leslie        BYU                     30

T6) Jamison Crowder Duke                  30

T8) D.J. Foster             Arizona State    29

T8) Quinton Dunbar   Florida               29

T8) Tommy Shuler      Marshall            29

Team National Stat Rankings/Pac-12

  • 3rd down conversion Pct. — 16th/2nd 0.533
  • 3rd down conversion Pct. Defense — 55th/4th 0.345
  • 4th down conversion Pct. Defense — 1st/1st 0.000
  • Blocked kicks — 10th/1st 1
  • Blocked punts — 1st/1st 1
  • Fewest penalties — 21st/1st 8
  • Fewest penalties per game — 15th/1st 4.00
  • Fewest penalty yards — 22nd/1st 60
  • Fewest penalty yards per game — 15th/1st 30
  • First downs defense — 36th/2nd 33
  • First downs offense — 7th/1st 57
  • Fumbles recovered — 14th/2nd 3
  • Kickoff return defense — 20th/2nd 16.75
  • Passes had intercepted — 1st/1st 0
  • Passing yards allowed — 20th/2nd 143.0
  • Passing yards per completion — 33rd/6th 13.92
  • Red zone defense — 18th/2nd 0.600
  • Red zone offense — 1st/1st 1.000
  • Rushing offense — 6th/1st 345.0
  • Sacks allowed — 24th/2nd 1.00
  • Scoring offense — 8th/3rd 51.5
  • Tackles for loss allowed — 20th/2nd 3.50
  • Total defense — 45th/3rd 322.5
  • Total offense — 7th/2nd 595.5
  • Turnover margin — 28th/3rd 1.00
  • Turnovers lost — 13th/3rd 1

Individual National Stat Rankings/Pac-12

  • All purpose — D.J. Foster, 4th/1st 221.50
  • Forced fumbles — Marcus Hardison, 34th/2nd 0.50
  • Forced fumbles — Damarious Randall, 34th/2nd 0.50
  • Fumbles recovered — Marcus Hardison, 11th/1st 1
  • Fumbles recovered — Laui Moeakiola, 11th/1st 1
  • Fumbles recovered — Jordan Simone, 11th/1st 1
  • Passing efficiency — Taylor Kelly, 24th/6th 159.6
  • Passing yards per completion — Taylor Kelly, 13th/4th 14.83
  • Receiving yards — Jaelen Strong, 34th/6th 189
  • Rushing TDs — D.J. Foster, 4th/1st 4
  • Rushing TDs — Kalen Ballage, 16th/3rd 3
  • Rushing yards — D.J. Foster, 2nd/1st 363
  • Rushing yards per game — D.J. Foster, 4th/1st 181.5
  • Scoring — D.J. Foster, 13th/3rd 12.0
  • Solo tackles – Damarious Randall, 12th/1st 7.5
  • Tackles for loss — Damarious Randall, 45th/3rd 1.5

College Polls

The Sun Devils moved up to No. 14 in the USA Today Amway Coaches’ Poll and to No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25. This marks just the 6th top-16 ranking in September for the Devils since 1997.

Click here to see a full list of our ranking in the AP Poll dating back to 1957.

Sep 05

Mateo Hernandez won the Sun Devil Experience to be the Sagicor Kick Off Kid at Weber State vs ASU. Mateo is eight years old and plays quarterback himself so he was excited to watch Taylor Kelly. His favorite part of the game was watching the team run out of the tunnel.

You can win big with the Sun Devil Experience, too! Contests are frequently updated and include prizes like Sun Devil gear or exclusive experiences with Sun Devil teams. Go to thesundevils.com/experience to register.

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If you’re a member of #SunDevilNation, but can’t make the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend, then we have you covered. Whether you’re living right here in the valley, or in New York City or Colorado Springs, Colo., check out our viewing guide for where to watch the game or check out the ASU Alumni Association’s game watching locations map at http://alumni.asu.edu/events/game-watching. #GoDevils

Official Sun Devil Football Away Game Viewing Party

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
2 E Jefferson St. (Downtown Cityscape)
Phoenix, AZ

Specials: Coors light 14oz draft special for $3.50 and a Jim Beam Devils Cut special $4

Plus Sun Devil trivia, ASU contests and giveaways, and more

Las Vegas

Buffalo Wild Wings
4280 S. Hualapi Way #108
Las Vegas, NV 89147

Colorado

Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
3101 New Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205

Texas

Rattle Inn
610 Nueces St.
Austin, TX 78701

The Phoenix on Westheimer
1915 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098

Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
12651 Vance Jackson Road #110
San Antonio, TX 78230

Oklahoma

Bricktown Brewery
840 West Danforth Road
Edmond, OK 73003

Milwaukee

Catch 22 Bar & Grill
770 North Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Chicago

The Cubby Bear
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613

Pennsylvania

Rockefeller’s Grille
1833 McKees Rocks Road
McKees Rocks, PA

Utah

Buffalo Wild Wings
985 E Fort Union Blvd
Midvale, UT 84047

Seattle

Olde 99
7305 Aurora Ave. N, Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

Portland

Macadam’s Bar & Grill
5833 Southwest Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

Southern California

American Junkie in Hermosa Beach
68 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA

Barney’s Beanery in Burbank
250 N. 1st St.
Burbank, CA

The Parlor in Hollywood
7250 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Wayward Captain Watersports

2406 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Northern California

Rookies Sports Lodge
1535 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Tope
1326 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

Firehouse No. 37
250 Market Place
San Ramon, CA 94583

Firestone Public House
1132 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Georgia

Hudson Grille
4046 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30319

New York

Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Charlotte

Taco Mac
4625 Piedmont Row Drive
Bldg E. Suite 115
Charlotte, NC 28210

Virginia

Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202

Ohio

World of Beer
3934 Townsfair Way
Columbus, OH 43219

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