Jul 29

ASU is the only school in the Pac-12 Conference that returns a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and two 500+ yard rushers on offense.  

In fact, there are only three schools nationally that can make this claim — ASU, Houston and Marshall.

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Arizona State

Passing

Taylor Kelly - 3,636 yards

Receiving

Jaelen Strong – 1,122 yards

D.J. Foster – 653 yards

Rushing
Taylor Kelly – 608 yards

D.J. Foster – 501 yards

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Rest of Nation

Houston

Passing

John O’Korn – 3,117 yards

Receiving

Deontay Greenberry – 1,202 yards

Daniel Spencer – 768 yards

Rushing
Ryan Jackson – 661 yards

Kenneth Farrow – 514 yards

Marshall

Passing

Rakeem Cato – 3,916 yards

Receiving

Tommy Shuler – 1,165 yards

Craig Wilkins – 408 yards

Rushing
Steward Butler – 765 yards

Kevin Grooms – 503 yards

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Rest of Pac-12 Conference

Arizona

Passing

None

Receiving

Nate Phillips – 696 yards

Samajie Grant – 373 yards

Rushing
Jared Baker – 127 yards

Nate Phillips – 7 yards

Cal

Passing

Jared Goff – 3,508 yards

Receiving

Bryce Treggs – 751 yards

Chris Harper – 852 yards

Rushing
Khalfani Muhammed – 445 yards

Daniel Lasco – 317 yards

Colorado

Passing

Sefo Liufau – 1,779 yards

Receiving

Nelson Spruce – 650 yards

D.D. Goodson – 306 yards

Rushing
Christian Powell – 562 yards

Michael Adkins II – 535 yards

Oregon

Passing

Marcus Mariota – 3,665

Receiving

*Bralon Addison – 890 yards

Keanon Lowe – 233 yards

Rushing

Byron Marshall – 1,038 yards

Marcus Mariota – 715 yards

Thomas Tyner – 711 yards

*-Injured in Spring and 2014 status is still unknown

Oregon State

Passing

Sean Mannion – 4,662 yards

Receiving

Richard Mullaney – 788 yards

Storm Woods – 440 yards

Rushing
Terron Ward – 521 yards

Storm Woods – 477 yards

Stanford

Passing

Kevin Hogan – 2,630 yards

Receiving

Ty Montgomery – 958 yards

Chris Harper – 852 yards

Rushing
Kevin Hogan – 355 yards

Devon Cajuste – 642 yards

UCLA

Passing

Brett Hundley – 3,071 yards

Receiving

Devin Fuller – 471 yards

Jordan Payton – 440 yards

Rushing
Brett Hundley – 748 yards

Paul Perkins – 573 yards

Jordon James – 534 yards

USC

Passing

Cody Kessler – 2,968 yards

Receiving

Nelson Agholor – 918 yards

Darreus Rogers – 257 yards

Rushing
Javorius Allen – 785 yards

Tre Madden – 703 yards

Utah

Passing

Travis Wilson – 1,827 yards

Receiving

Dres Anderson – 1,002 yards

Bubba Poole – 229 yards

Rushing
Bubba Poole – 607 yards

Travis Wilson – 386 yards

Washington

Passing

Cyler Miles – 418 yards

Receiving

Jaydon Mickens – 688 yards

Kasen Williams – 421 yards

Rushing
Dwayne Washington – 332 yards

Deontae Cooper – 270 yards

Washington State

Passing

Connor Halliday – 4,597 yards

Receiving

Gabe Marks – 807 yards

Dom Williams – 647 yards

Rushing
Marcus Mason – 429 yards

Teondray Caldwell – 271 yards

Check out how our 40 former Sun Devils have been faring in professional baseball 

#ForksUp

By Connor Smith, ASU Media Relations Intern 

MLB

  • Kole Calhoun is hitting .290 as the every day right fielder for the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Jason Kipnis was named American League Player of the Week for the week ending July 21 when he had two homers and six RBI in four games. 
  • Mike Leake has a 3.73 ERA in 21 starts this season and is on pace for a career high in innings pitched.
  • Ike Davis was traded to the Pirates midseason and has since played 83 games for the Pirates as their main first baseman, hitting 6 home runs and 28 RBI.
  • Eric Sogard has played in 69 games for the first-place A’s as a utility man, recording 36 hits.
  • Andrew Romine has played 54 games for the first-place Tigers as a spot starter at shortstop and second base.
  • Tuffy Gosewich has been the Diamondbacks back-up catcher all year and has flourished in that role, playing well when he gets a chance hitting .242 in his first full season in the MLB. 
  • Dustin Pedroia is once again having one of the best seasons for a second basemen with 113 hits in 103 games this season.
  • Andre Ethier has played 88 games in the outfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers recording 69 hits and is on his way to his ninth consecutive 100-hit season. 
  • Ian Kinsler was named an American League All-Star this season and deserved the honor as he ranks sixth in the AL in hits and runs. 
  • Willie Bloomquist has been injured part of the year in his return to Seattle but when healthy has maintained a .272 batting average.

MILB

  • Merrill Kelly, who was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in July, currently owns a 6-2 record with a respectable 3.00 ERA.
  • Jake Elmore has hit .273 in 45 games with the Sacramento River Cats since coming back from an injury. 
  • Brett Wallace was traded to the Blue Jays after hitting .265 with 10 home runs with the Orioles’ Triple A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. 
  • Travis Buck has hit .289 in 54 games with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate the El Paso Chihuahuas. 
  • After a short stint with the San Diego Padres to replace an injured player, Brooks Conrad is now back with the clubs’ Triple-A team. 
  • Andrew Aplin has hit .270 with 20 stolen bases for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A Affiliate for the Houston Astros.
  • Deven Marrero was recently called up to the Red Sox’s Triple-A team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and has continued to hit, maintaining a .293 average in 22 games.
  • Jake Barrett made the jump from Double-A to Triple-A in the Diamondbacks’ organization and has recorded five saves since he was named the closer for the Triple-A Reno Aces.
  • Brady Rodgers has been a constant in the Corpus Christi Hooks rotation all year pitching 93.1 innings and making 13 starts. 
  • Xorege Carillo has played at both the Triple-A and Double-A levels this year and is currently hitting .287 in 44 games with the Double-A Binghamton Mets.
  • Jimmy Patterson got a taste of Triple-A this season, but the bulk of his work has been in Double-A Montgomery where he has a 3-0 record in 27 appearances.
  • Johnny Ruettiger has spent most of his time this season at Double-A Bowie, where he hit .282 in 61 games. He is currently with Class-A Advanced Frederick.
  • Zach Wilson was just recently recalled from Class-A Advanced to Double-A Trenton where he has played 28 games. 
  • Drew Maggi has played in 88 games for Double-A Altoona and is hitting .291 with 28 stolen bases.
  • Seth Blair spent some time with Triple0A Memphis, but is now with Double-A Springfield, where he has started 11 games.
  • Jeff Urlaub was called up to Triple-A Sacramento where he has pitched in six games.
  • Trevor Williams has pitched well with Class-A Advanced Jupiter, where he has a 2.71 ERA in 20 starts.
  • After playing in Triple-A Omaha for a few games because of injuries, Beau Maggi is back at Class-A Advanced Wilmington.
  • Joey DeMichele has played 99 games for Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem, where he is hitting .258 with 38 RBI. 
  • Kramer Champlin has pitched in 15 games with Class-A Advanced Dunedin and has a 2.67 ERA.
  • Austin Barnes was called up to Double-A Jacksonville midseason and is hitting .299 with 26 RBI in 46 games.
  • Mitchell Lambson was called up to Double-A Corpus Christi midseason and sports a sterling 1.47 ERA in 14 games. 
  • Jordan Swagerty has yet to pitch this year due to injury.
  • Matt Newman was called up to Double-A New Hampshire and is hitting .260 with 26 RBI in 57 games.
  • Michael Benjamin has been red hot this year at Class-A Asheville, hitting .341 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 78 games.
  • Alex Blackford has exceled in Class-A Burlington, where he has a 3.26 ERA in 13 games coming out of the bullpen. 
  • Kasey Coffman has 16 hits in 22 games with Class-A Short Season Connecticut Tigers.
Jul 24

The summer is often considered a time for college students to go home, take vacations or just relax. While some college students are able to have a break, our team has been doing just the opposite. I’ve been really proud of the progress our guys have been making in the classroom, in the weight room, on the court and especially in the community. I wanted to highlight some of the service projects that our team has held dear to our hearts this summer.
 
Every Tuesday night this summer, four or five of our players volunteer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They spend a couple of hours in the “Play Zone” talking and entertaining many of the children who are inflicted with life threatening illnesses. It’s been great to see how our guys have built a sustained relationship with the hospital and the children. They must also understand the responsibility that comes with being a Sun Devil Basketball Player and the duty they have to become positive role models for these children. I am happy to say that our guys are embracing that role!
 


 
In addition, our team spent Wednesday evening serving food to disadvantaged people at the Andre House in downtown Phoenix. Our guys prepared,  served food and cleaned up for nearly 500 men, women and children. Freshmen Connor MacDougal explained, “When you see these people and what little they have you realize that all the problems you thought you had aren’t really problems. I am so fortunate.” It was such a humbling experience for our guys. Freshmen Tra Holder said, “The hardest part was seeing little kids crying because they were hungry.” Helping at Andre House puts life in perspective and really gives us an appreciation for the things we have.  I am very proud of the fact that Senior Jon Gilling has decided to pick Andre House for a school service project. He will come back several more times this summer and volunteer.
 


 
We are nearing the end of the summer session with only two weeks left of individual skill work. We expect our team to finish up strong in the classroom, on the court and complete a very successful summer off season. The first day of the fall semester is just around the corner. 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

The Arizona State University football team will begin its 2014 preseason camp on Friday, Aug. 1.

Arizona State will have split squad practices the first two days of camp with the veterans practicing in the morning session and the newcomers in the evening session. The team will have its first full squad workout in shells Sunday, Aug. 3.

The Sun Devil football team will depart for Camp Tontozona on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and will hold its annual Maroon and Gold practice on Saturday, Aug. 16 on the team’s last day at Camp Tontozona.

The first hour of practice is open to the public.

This schedule is tentative and could change either prior to the season or as the season progresses.

Practices In Tempe

Friday, August 1 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. veterans only (shorts, helmets, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. newcomers only (helmets)

Saturday, August 2 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. veterans only; (shorts, helmets, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. newcomers only (helmets)

Sunday, August 3 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (shells, indoor)

Monday, August 4 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (shells, indoor)

Tuesday, August 5 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor)

Wednesday, August 6 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (shells)

Thursday, August 7 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor)

Friday, August 8 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (shells)

Saturday, August 9 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, SDS); ASU Media Day 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Sunday, August 10 — No Practice

Monday, August 11 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (shells)

Tuesday, August 12 – Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, SDS)

Depart for Camp Tontozona at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 13 — Practice 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads)

Thursday, August 14 — Practice 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads)

Friday, August 15 – Practice 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads)

Saturday, August 16 – Maroon and Gold Practice 10:00 a.m. (pads)

Practices In Tempe

Sunday, August 17 - No Practice

Monday, August 18 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, outdoor)

Tuesday, August 19 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, SDS)

Wednesday, August 20 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor); practice 6:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (shells)

Thursday, August 21 — Day off, ASU classes begin

Friday, August 22 – Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor)

Saturday, August 23 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads, indoor)

Sunday, August 24 — Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads)

Monday, August 25 – Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (pads); first weekly press conference with coach Graham in Dutson Theater at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26 – Practice 8:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (shells)

Wednesday, August 27 – No Practice

Thursday, August 28 – ASU vs. Weber State, Sun Devil Stadium, 7:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network

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
 
 
 

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