Jul 22

ESPNU is reliving the top 25 college football games of 2013 and the Devils’ 32-30 #Blackout win over then-No. 20 Wisconsin has been named the 18th best game of the 2013 season.

The game will air on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU. @ESPNCFB will provide highlights, stats, and anecdotes throughout the countdown, and fans can interact by tagging their tweets #CFBTop25.

Arizona State 32, #20 Wisconsin 30

Sept. 14, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Running back Marion Grice scored two of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Sun Devils hold off No. 20 Wisconsin, 32-30, on Saturday night in front of 66,155 fans in the third annual Blackout Game.

Grice scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds of the third quarter, then on runs of two and 12 yards in the fourth to put Arizona State ahead, 32-24. His four touchdowns were the most for a Sun Devil since Mike Williams in 2002 against Arizona.

Wisconsin used a fake punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Melvin Gordon, but still trailed 32-30 when its 2-point conversion failed.

The Badgers then drove to Arizona State’s 13-yard line and quarterback Joel Stave took a knee to set up a potential winning field goal. He put the ball down as he tried to kneel and left it there, causing confusion as to whether the play was dead. The clock kept running, though, and the Badgers couldn’t get another play after scrambling to the line of scrimmage.

ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly connected on 29 of 51 passes — many of those on back-shoulder throws along the sideline — for 352 yards and a touchdown. Grice finished with 84 yards on 22 carries to help ASU kick off a tough stretch in the schedule with a big non-conference win.

The Sun Devils’ defense racked up six tackles for loss and broke up six passes as defensive back Osahon Irabor led the way with seven tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss and a tone-setting sack in the first quarter.

Below are the top 25 games, and fans can vote on the order of the top five games through a SportsNation poll.

Do you agree with the Devils’ big non-conference win coming in at No. 18?

Top 5 College Football Games of 2013
 (Order to be determined by fan vote)

·         Auburn (34) vs. Alabama (28)

·         Auburn (43) vs. Georgia (38)

·         BCS Championship: Florida State (34) vs. Auburn (31)

·         Ohio State (42) vs. Michigan (41)

·         Chick-fil-A Bowl: Texas A&M (52) vs. Duke (48)

Top 25 College Football Games of 2013(No. 25 - No. 6)

No. 25 Rose Bowl: Michigan State (24) vs. Stanford (20)    

No. 24 New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State (48) vs. Washington State (45)

No. 23 Alabama (49) vs. Texas A&M (42)

No. 22 Fresno State (52) vs. Rutgers (51) (Overtime)

No. 21 Navy (58) vs. San Jose State (52) (Three Overtimes)

No. 20 Georgia (44) vs. LSU (41)

No. 19 Orange Bowl: Clemson (40) vs. Ohio State (35)

No. 18 Arizona State (32) vs. Wisconsin (30)

No. 17 Auburn (45) vs. Texas A&M (41)

No. 16 Oregon State (51) vs. Utah (48) (Overtime)

No. 15 Georgia (34) vs. Tennessee (31) (Overtime)

No. 14 Penn State (43) vs. Michigan (40) (Four Overtimes)

No. 13 Notre Dame (38) vs. Navy (34)

No. 12 Rutgers (55) vs. SMU (52) (Overtime)

No. 11 Ole Miss (39) vs. Vanderbilt (35)

No. 10 Oklahoma (33) vs. Oklahoma State (24)

No. 9 Big Ten Championship: Michigan State (34) vs. Ohio State (24)

No. 8 UCF (38) vs. Louisville (35)

No. 7 South Carolina (27) vs. Missouri (24) (Two Overtimes)

No. 6 Oregon (36) vs. Oregon State (35)

Jul 21

Take a unique look at some of our top returners

#3 Damarious Randall, DB

#17 Lloyd Carrington, DB 

#12 De’Marieya Nelson, TE

#25 Alex Garoutte, K

#17 Lloyd Carrington, DB 

#10 Taylor Kelly, QB

#8 DJ Foster, RB

#54 Tyler Sulka, OL

#10 Taylor Kelly, QB

#8 DJ Foster, RB

#21 Jaelen Strong, WR

#21 Jaelen Strong, WR

#74 Jamil Douglas, OL

Check out how our MLB-leading 11 former Sun Devils have been faring in The Show as we hit the halfway mark of the 2014 season. 

#ForksUp

By Alex Nash (@DashOfNash), ASU Media Relations Intern 

As of July 17, 2014

Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels:

Calhoun had a great first half of his first full major league season. He was on the disabled list for just above a month, but that didn’t stop him from producing. He hit .295 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI. He has been hitting leadoff for the Angels once again and helping them stay in the playoff picture. Since his return from the DL he has been splitting playing time with teammate Collin Cowgil. Despite missing out on some games, Calhoun will go into the second half of the season on a roll. He is hitting .333 with three home runs and four doubles. Look for Calhoun to continue to help the red hot Angels.

Notable First Half Stats:
.295 Average, .521 Slugging Percentage, 10 home runs, 15 doubles, 25 RBI

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians:

Kipnis, like Calhoun, missed a little over a month due to injury. He has been finding traction ever since coming off the DL and is getting back into the form he was in when the season began. Going into the All-Star Break Kipnis is hitting .255 with three home runs, 14 doubles and 13 stolen bases. He has been one of the most consistent players on the Indians and is a big reason they are still a contender. Kipnis has been getting on base and causing havoc for pitchers. He looks to keep up a productive month of July as he is hitting .294 with five stolen bases so far. Kipnis will continue to do all he can to help Cleveland make a late run at the playoffs.

Notable First Half Stats:
34 runs scored, 15 extra base hits, three home runs, 13-14 on stolen base attempts

Ike Davis, Pittsburgh Pirates:

Davis was one of the most clutch players in the first half of the season. When the Pirates needed a big hit or something to happen, Davis was their guy. He enters the All-Star Break hitting .234 with a .354 on base percentage and five home runs (two of which were grand slams). Davis has added depth and experience to a young Pirates roster and has helped them come together ever since he was traded from the New York Mets in the beginning of the season. He is in a little slump entering the second half of the season, however, the much needed break is likely to change that.

Notable First Half Stats:
29 runs scored, 16 extra base hits, 28 RBI, five home runs, two grand slams

Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics:

Sogard has taken the role of a “fill in” or “spot start” player as the season has progressed. His defensive play is too good to keep him off the field and he provides a left-handed bat to the lineup. Going into the break he is hitting .186 with 18 runs scored and nine RBI. While Sogard’s plate appearances have been reduced, he has been a huge boost to the first-place Oakland Athletics. Sogard is a sure glove in the field and will get the outs when they are needed.

Notable First Half Stats:
7-9 on stolen base attempts, nine RBI, five doubles

Andrew Romine, Detroit Tigers:

Romine has been part of a rotation when it comes to the Tigers shortstop situation. As Detroit continues to figure out who will play short, Romine has been doing all he can to make his case. On defense, Romine and fellow former Sun Devil Ian Kinsler have great chemistry together and are solid. However, Romine has seen his plate appearances decrease as the second half of the season approaches. He entered the break hitting .217 with three doubles and six RBI. Romine has shown flashes of offensive prowess and his defense is stellar. Look for the young shortstop to continue to improve and grow as the season continues.

Notable First Half Stats:
17 runs scored, three doubles, six RBI, 5-6 on stolen base attempts

Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona Diamondbacks:

Tuffy has spent the season as backup catcher to All-Star Miguel Montero for the Diamondbacks. As of late, Tuffy will see time in the starting rotation at least once every other series. In his limited playing time, he has made it count. He is hitting .232 with five RBI and one home run entering the All-Star break. On defense, Tuffy has caught some of the most impressive pitching performances of the year on a struggling Arizona squad. He has called every game he caught with poise and professionalism and is developing good relationships with the young pitchers on the staff. Look for Tuffy to continue to learn and grown under Montero going into the second half of the season.

Notable First Half Stats:
Two doubles, five RBI, first home run of major league career, caught the game in which Josh Collmenter faced the minimum (27) batters.

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox:

Pedroia is having another standout year as the Red Sox second baseman. He enters the second half of the season hitting .280 with 36 RBI, four homer uns and 49 runs scored. Pedroia has continued to play a leadership role for Boston and is one of the most consistent players in the lineup. He will look to continue his hot July coming out of the All-Star break as he is hitting .333 with six RBI. Pedroia has been stellar on both sides of the plate and looks to lead the defending champs to the playoffs once again.

Notable First Half Stats:
.280 batting average, 36 RBI, 49 runs scored, 30 extra base hits

Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers:

Ethier has continued to prove his worth in a stacked Dodgers outfield as the season progresses. While he has seen a dip in playing time since Matt Kemp was reinstated off the disabled list, Either’s production has stayed the same. Going into the second half of the season he is hitting .253 with 34 RBI. Whether it is help on defense, key hits or simply getting on base, Ethier has been there. He has been a key contributor in leading the Dodgers to first place in the NL West. Post All-Star Break Ethier will continue to prove his worth and make the lineup stronger for the Dodgers.

Notable First Half Stats:
22 runs scored, four triples, four home runs, 34 RBI, 21 extra base hits

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers:

Kinsler has been one of the most productive players in the MLB during the first half of the season. After getting traded from Texas to Detroit in the offseason, Kinsler has come to each game with fire. While hitting .303 with 64 runs scored and 51 RBI, Kinsler was the only former Sun Devil elected to play in the 2014 All-Star game. Kinsler has provided the spark that the Tigers feared they would lose after trading Prince Fielder in the offseason. This was Kinsler’s fourth All-Star selection and will likely not be his last. Look for Kinsler to be one of the premier players in the American League as the second half of the season gets underway

Notable First Half Stats:
.303 batting average, 51 RBI, 64 runs scored, 11 home runs, 39 extra base hits, 10-13 on stolen base attempts

Willie Bloomquist, Seattle Mariners:

Bloomquist has been the Mariners key utility player this season. Whether he is needed in the outfield, shortstop, second base or first base, he will be there and play like a true veteran. In the first half of the season Bloomquist is hitting .269 with 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. After a slow start in the beginning of the season due to restricted playing time, Bloomquist has been a key factor in the Mariners lineup. As of late he has been seeing time as the starting first baseman for Seattle. Look for Bloomquist to continue to bring professionalism and experience for the young Seattle squad as the second half of the season gets under way.

Notable First Half Stats:
Played five different positions, .269 batting average, 12 RBI

Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds:

Leake has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League going into the All-Star Break. The only downside of his game would be the lack of run support. He boasts a 3.54 ERA and a 7-7 record while striking out 97 going into the second half. Every time Leake has taken the mound this season he has gone at least five innings and has only given up more than four runs in any given outing twice in 19 starts. The Reds know they will get a strong outing and have a great chance to win every time Leake takes the mound.

Notable First Half Stats:
7-7, 3.54 ERA, 127 innings pitched, 97-27 strikeout-to-walk ratio

Jul 17

Jake Plummer stopped by the Carson Student Athlete Center Wednesday and got up to the film room to watch some tape with Taylor Kelly.

He also got a pair of hoop shorts that he was so excited to get he put them on over his pants (photo below). But since we are talking about Jake, figured it was good time to remember all the QBs who have started since he led the Sun Devils to the 1997 Rose Bowl.

Jake started the final 40 games of his career.

SUN DEVIL QUARTERBACK STARTS (1997-2013)
1997: Ryan Kealy (11), Steve Campbell (1)
1998: Ryan Kealy (9), Steve Campbell (1), Chad Elliot (1)
1999: Ryan Kealy (11), Griffin Goodman (1)
2000: Jeff Krohn (9), Griffin Goodman (2), Ryan Kealy (1)
2001: Andrew Walter (2), Jeff Krohn (9)
2002: Andrew Walter (10), Chad Christensen (4)
2003: Andrew Walter (12)
2004: Andrew Walter (11), Sam Keller (1)
2005: Sam Keller (7), Rudy Carpenter (5)
2006: Rudy Carpenter (13)
2007: Rudy Carpenter (13)
2008: Rudy Carpenter (12)
2009: Danny Sullivan (9), Samson Szakacsy (2), Brock Osweiler (1)
2010: Steven Threet (11), Brock Osweiler (1)
2011: Brock Osweiler (13)
2012: Taylor Kelly (13)
2013: Taylor Kelly (14)

SUN DEVIL CAREER STARTS (1993-2013)
1.) Rudy Carpenter (43)
2.) Jake Plummer (40)
3.) Andrew Walter (35)
4.) Ryan Kealy (32)
5.) Taylor Kelly (27)

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Outside of the playing season, the month of July is the next most important month for every college basketball program. July is the recruiting period. That is when NCAA rules allow college coaches 15 days to go out to club basketball tournaments and camps all over the country and evaluate high school and junior college student athletes. It’s a grueling 3 weeks where our entire coaching staff will spend 15 of 21 days on the road traveling from city to city and watching game after game. The goal is to evaluate and make decisions on who will be the best fit as a Sun Devil and an opportunity to make sure every kid we are recruiting sees us at his games. As our staff is in the midst of our recruiting period I thought I would shed some light on what a typical recruiting week in July looks like for one of our coaches.
 
Monday: Skill Instruction with our team for an hour. Staff meeting to discuss travel plans for each coach. That is where we decide what cities each coach will visit and what tournaments each coach will attend. It’s a complicated list of dozens of kids playing in dozens of tournaments all over the country.
 
Tuesday: Skill Instruction with our team for an hour. Staff meeting to finalize travel plans for each coach.
 
Wednesday: 10:15am flight to Los Angeles. Watch games at 3 different tournaments in Anaheim, Long Beach and Cerritos from 5pm to 10pm.
 
Thursday: Watch games at the 3 different tournaments throughout Los Angeles from 8am to 10pm.
 
Friday: 6:13am flight to Las Vegas. Watch games and skill instruction at the LeBron James Skills Academy from 8am to 9pm.
 
Saturday: 7:16am flight back to Los Angeles to watch kids at the same 3 tournaments in Anaheim, Long Beach and Cerritos from 8am to 7pm.  Catch a 9:30pm flight to St. Louis. Arrive at 4:49am on Sunday morning.
 
Sunday: Watch the top 100 Junior College Players Showcase from 8am to 4pm. Catch a 5:55pm flight back to Phoenix. Arrive in Phoenix at 7:11pm
 
Monday: Back in the office at 8:00am to discuss each coach’s evaluations and thoughts on each player. Skill Instruction with our team for an hour.
 
Tuesday: Skill Instruction with our team for an hour. Back to the drawing board with finalizing decisions on travel plans and tournaments each coach will watch for the next 5 days.
 
I’m fortunate enough to have one of the best coaching staffs in the country that will work tirelessly to do whatever it takes to gain a recruiting advantage. I have no doubt that as we begin our second week on the road that we will benefit from our efforts, which will translate into future recruiting classes that we can all be excited about.

 


Continue to follow me on Twitter @HerbSendek and visit the MBB page at TheSunDevils.com often for news on your men’s basketball team.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Herb
 

Jul 09


In any successful business or team you always find certain characteristics or a culture that the group hangs their hat on. This is their mantra or belief system that they follow day in and day out. These beliefs give teams motivation or hope in times of adversity and humility in times of success. The culture that is created is the blueprint for the team’s success.
 
We have high expectations for our basketball team at ASU. In order to meet these expectations we must have a culture that breeds excellence. Our staff has been diligently working towards figuring out what characteristics are most important in order to achieve excellence. These characteristics are essential in order for our players to be successful on the court and most importantly in life.  I’m happy to share our new culture logo with our Sun Devil family for the first time.
 


 
In order for our team to be successful on the court, each player must trust in each other, be connected enough to give up individual success for the team’s success, be tough enough to make all the hustle plays and relentless enough to fight through any type of adversity.
 
For our players to be successful in life they must be disciplined enough to work towards their goals every day, have enough integrity to always do the right thing, respect others and themselves and have high moral character in everything do.
 
We have a great group of young men who are all excited to be a part of this culture. They are working everyday on embracing these characteristics to become a basketball program that we can all be proud of and that is easy to cheer for.
 
Continue to follow me on Twitter @HerbSendek and visit the MBB page at www.TheSunDevils.com often for news on your men’s basketball team.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Herb
 
 
 

Jul 08

As the 2013-14 season has come to a close, Sun Devil athletics has seen its programs break many records, including one that has no win-loss record: serving the local community.

Now that’s a win-win!

This year, the Sun Devil Athletics’ student-athletes and staff have served nearly a quarter of a million community members over the span of more than 6,000 hours.

What can you do in 6,000 hours? Here are a few options: 

Take 3428.5 trips to that town down I-10. 

Or

Walk from Tempe to New York City 7.59 times.

Or

Relive ASU football’s 2013 season (including its Pac-12 South title and Territorial Cup victories) over 128 times. 

Serving the community is one of the key pillars of the Sun Devils Athletics Way. In an effort to continue the program’s growth, ASU has served 11.7% more community members compared to last year, and added an astonishing 35.3% more hours to that of the 2012-13 campaign. 

Since statistics on service began being recorded in 2010-11, ASU has increased its service by 143.56% and dedicated 309.22% more hours.

Some of the community service performed by ASU student-athletes in 2013-14 included the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Sparky’s Tour, United Way, Pat’s Run, Yuma Food Bank, Operation Fix It, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and traveling to the Hopi and Navajo Nations in Tuba City and the San Carlos Apache Nation in San Carlos, Ariz.

Sun Devil Athletics Community Service Metrics
2013-14
241,126 Community Members Served (up 11.7% from 2012-13)
6,113.75 Hours Served (up 35.3% from 2012-13) 

The 2013-14 numbers are up 143.56% in community members served and 309.22% in hours served since 2010-11.

2012-13
215,782 Community Members Served
4515.5 Hours Served 

2011-12
105,131 Community Members Served
3557 Hours Served 

2010-11
99,000 Community Members Served
1,494 Hours Served

Jul 07

These former Arizona State University student-athletes battled through adversity. overcame long odds and outworked their competition to become world champions. Whether it’s on the court, the diamond or the gridiron, wearing the Maroon and Gold helped guide these Sun Devils to the top of their professions.

Dustin Pedoria (Boston Red Sox), Jeff Ayres (San Antonio Spurs) and Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks) each helped their respective teams become world champions in 2013-14.

This marks the second time in the past seven years ASU has had a representative on the championship team in all three major North American professional sports teams. In 2007-08, Pedroia (Red Sox), Eddie House (Boston Celtics) and Grey Ruegamer (New England Patriots) were world champions.  

Told he was undersized, Dustin Pedoria went on to be a three-time First Team All-Pac-10 honoree at ASU, the fourth in school history, and was named a Golden Spikes Finalist before he helped the Boston Red Sox become World Series Champions for the second time in his career.

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Underappreciated by many, Jeff Ayres set a school record for games played and started, and finished sixth on the school’s career scoring list at ASU before the five-year NBA veteran became a 2014 NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs.

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(courtesy: hoopshabit.com)

Unwilling to be outworked, Zach Miller established himself as one of the best tight ends in school history and left ASU as the all-time leader in receptions and touchdowns at the position before he won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. 

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(courtesy: Seahawks.com)

Jul 03

First, Congratulations Lionel Hollins!  Great to see a  Sun Devil Great named the new Head Coach for the Brooklyn Nets.  We honored Lionel’s jersey in WFA a few years ago.  Check out this vintage pic from twitter: 


I met with our entire team Wednesday for the first time this summer.   Jon was back from Denmark, Chance returned from home and we welcomed Gerry Blakes.  We have a wonderful collection of talented young men.  They are working hard in school, they are in the gym and they are serving our community.  And our challenge to them is to become a T-E-A-M.  Each and every day how are we becoming closer and interconnected.  I see great promise if each of us is willing to put in the work to know each other, support one another and battle together as a team.

Summer is a tremendous opportunity for our young men to continually give back to our community.  This week Kodi Justice, Roosevelt Scott, Savon Goodman, Willie Atwood and Chance Murray visited Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  As is always the case, they left with a humble appreciation for the battles those children fight every day and thankful for what we’ve each been given.

And to learn more about Junior Willie Atwood click here:   He’s a tremendous competitor you will enjoy watching in WFA!

Continue to follow me on twitter @HerbSendek and visit the MBB page at TheSunDevils.com often for news on your men’s basketball team.
 
I hope you have a terrific Fourth of July.
 
Herb

Jul 02

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Calling all Sun Devils! Make sure to tune in to So You Think You Can Dance tonight (Wednesday, July 2nd) on FOX at 7 p.m. to cheer on Carly, from the Sun Devil Dance Team/Spirit Squad, as she competes in the Top 20!  
 
Once the show is over, show your support by voting at 
- www.fox.com/dance/vote
-or download the Fox Now app on your smart phone, click on the So You Think You Can Dance Icon, then click Vote
 
20 votes per person are allowed so show your Sun Devil pride and support Carly!

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